Taco Charlton waived by Dallas Cowboys

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Dallas Cowboys' Taco Charlton (97) celebrates a stop against the Houston Texans in the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

The Dallas Cowboys waived former 2017 first-round pick Taco Charlton on Wednesday.

Dallas had to make a corresponding move in order to get defensive end Robert Quinn, who had been suspended for the past two weeks due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, on the active roster. Quinn concurrently had been recovering from a broken hand sustained in preseason.

Charlton had been inactive for the first two games of the season due to the Cowboys preferring the position flexibility of fifth-round rookie Joe Jackson from Miami. Jackson, a defensive end, also has the ability to kick inside and play tackle, an ability Charlton did not have as a defensive end. Similarly, second-round rookie defensive tackle Trysten Hill did not have the ability to play outside, which is also why he was inactive for the first two weeks.

On Monday, Charlton made headlines when he was made aware of comments Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones had made on KRLD-FM about Charlton’s deactivation through the first two weeks.

“Some of it is just flexibility, position flex when you’re talking about the backup role,” Jones explained. “Certainly that’s where Taco is and I think our feeling has been that Joe Jackson can play both sides. We’ve been having Taco more one-sided. And, so, it’s just a matter of finding the right time and place to get that going again.”

Now, Charlton will have to find a new NFL city to get going again.

For the Cowboys, Charlton becomes the first Dallas first-round draft pick since linebacker Bobby Carpenter in 2006 to not play out the end of his rookie contract, and it ensures that 2018 first-round linebacker Leighton Vander Esch has been the only successful Cowboys first-round pick in the last three seasons. In October 2018, the Cowboys traded their 2019 first-round pick to the Oakland Raiders for receiver Amari Cooper.