Takk McKinley publicly criticized the Atlanta Falcons organization on Twitter after the trade deadline passed and he wasn’t traded. According to McKinley, he requested a trade ahead of the deadline and the Falcons passed on multiple draft pick offers from teams. Falcons HC Raheem Morris stated the organization would hold McKinley accountable, before waiving him on Monday. McKinley’s season has been injury ridden, but the former 1st round pick has 17.5 sacks in 4 years with the Falcons.
In short, the Cowboys don’t really need extra depth on the edge. But that doesn’t mean there wasn’t interest. DeMarcus Lawrence is arguably the best defensive end in football against the run. Randy Gregory looks like the starter on the other side of the defensive line for the immediate future and depth includes Aldon Smith, Dorance Armstrong, and Bradlee Anae. Nevertheless, McKinley is a talented pass rusher and teams can seemingly never have enough pass rushers, so it was probably worth investigating.
The Cincinnati Bengals chose to claim Takk McKinley off of waivers and the Cowboys inevitably passed. However, they did not pass completely on going after a defensive end, after claiming Ron’Dell Carter off of waivers. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because Carter was an UDFA on the Cowboys practice squad before the Colts poached him in September.
The Cowboys are bringing in veteran punter, Marquette King, for a workout. Following Chris Jones missing Sunday’s game against the Steelers due to injury, the Cowboys had to bring in XFL veteran, Hunter Niswander. King also played in the XFL and is known for his celebrations, outstanding leg strength, and speed. With a creative special teams coordinator in John ‘Bones’ Fassel, an athletic punter like King makes sense. Fassel can potentially use King’s speed as a threat for more trick plays.
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