The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly decided to cut cornerback Nolan Carroll. They’re all in on youth in the secondary, despite the problems it has had this season.
“Cowboys are releasing CB Nolan Carroll, source says,” wrote NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. “He’s been out with a concussion. Jourdan Lewis has stepped up.”
While this could be the right move for the long-term success of the team, it’s quite a financial blow in the short term.
“$4M guaranteed for Carroll, who played 2 games,” added NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. “Now a free agent.”
Naturally, fans quickly pointed out that Lewis was in coverage for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ game-winning touchdown pass to Davante Adams. Is this really the best move for the team, getting rid of a vet to start the rookie out of Michigan, after he just let the Packers win?
Garafolo wasn’t phased. For one thing, with Carroll missing time anyway, it’s not as if they had a choice. Plus, he felt like he’d seen more good than bad out of Lewis overall. He is just a rookie, after all, and should get even better.
“Folks, if you let one play (albeit a game-winning TD) determine Jourdan Lewis hasn’t gotten off to a great start, you’re fooling yourselves,” Garafolo wrote.
The Cowboys obviously agree, and they are just excited to see how well Lewis can progress. While that may make him a liability at times in 2017 – rookies are going to make mistakes – they clearly found something when they drafted him. Plus, they’ve had a ton of success lately with young players like quarterback Dak Prescott, running back Ezekiel Elliott, and linebacker Jaylon Smith, so Lewis may just be the next in line.
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