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3 Cowboys Who Could Get Cut This Offseason

By Dan O'Shea
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The Dallas Cowboys will try to defend their NFC East title this season after an offseason that included the return of tight end Jason Witten, and the signing of wide receiver Randall Cobb. They've seemingly improved their roster and should again compete for the top spot in the NFC East.

However, they do have some apparent dead weight on their depth chart. Here are three Cowboys who could end up being cut before the 2019 NFL season begins.

1. Darian Thompson, Safety

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Darian Thompson was mostly limited to special teams last season, playing in 10 games with no starts and no tackles registered. Injuries played a part in that, but the Cowboys already look prepared to move on, after adding fellow safety George Iloka via free agency while already having Xavier Woods in house.

2. Allen Hurns, Wide Receiver

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Allen Hurns had just 20 receptions for 295 yards and two touchdowns during the 2018 season. He was initially signed to the be Cowboys' No. 1 wideout but after the mid-season acquisition of Amari Cooper, Hurns slid down the team's depth chart. He has been anything but that and could be on his way out the door if Cobb ends up starting in three-wideout sets along with Michael Gallup and Cooper.

3. Rico Gathers, Tight End

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Rico Gathers seemed to have all the potential in the world when he signed with the Cowboys. The former basketball player was expected to be the team's top tight end last season, but couldn't capitalize on the opportunity. He ended the season with just three catches for 45 yards, behind fellow tight ends Blake Jarwin, Geoff Swaim and Dalton Schultz. And he now falls further down on the depth chart, thanks to the return of Witten. If that wasn't enough, he was charged with possession of marijuana earlier this month. While Dallas often gives its players far too many chances, Gathers could end up with a pink slip before the 2019 NFL season kicks off.

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