Dallas Cowboys Player to Cut No. 3
Daryl Worley , DB
Contract: 1 year/$3M
PFF Ranking: 87th of 121
Like the previous two players discussed, Daryl Worley was supposed to be a key cog in this championship machine. And like the previous two, Worley has failed to live up to expectations and appears to be more liability than asset.
Once a starting CB and SAF in Oakland, Worley was brought to Dallas to provide depth and consistency to the young Cowboys secondary. Of course, injuries forced him into a more prominent role but Worley has underachieved in every capacity nonetheless.
Most recently it was Worley who unforgivably bit on one of Kyler Murray’s only successful passes downfield. Murray, unable to hit the broadside of a barn, was given a wide open target when Worley lost coverage, essentially applying the nail in the coffin on Sunday.
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Worley may not be the most burned and/or most frequently targeted Dallas Cowboys DB (that distinction goes to the rookie Trevon Diggs and soon-to-be free agent Jourdan Lewis), but he is the most expendable. His age and limited ceiling say he’s not in the Dallas Cowboys’ long-term plans. And the youth behind him on the roster is blocked from developing as long as he’s on the roster.
With Anthony Brown already back, and Chidobe Awuzie coming back now, there’s little reason to hold onto Daryl Worley any longer. A case can be made to cut Jourdan Lewis as well, but the 4-year firecracker has endeared himself to teammates and fans enough to warrant a place on the roster through the end of the season.
Cowboys Culture Change
This is as much about accountability and culture change as it is about focusing on the future in Dallas. The Dallas Cowboys need a spark and each loss seems to dump water on any potential kindling for that fire. Poor play and a lazy work ethic cannot be tolerated and if the player is financially expendable, action must be taken.
The Dallas Cowboys should take a calculated approach to their roster going forward. They need to focus on the players who factor into the future and cut roadblocks who are setting poor examples.