The Dallas Cowboys have released cornerback Nolan Carroll, the second significant free agent let go this season.
Carroll signed a three-year, $10 million deal that included a $3 million signing bonus after starting 16 games in 2016 for the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in two games for the Cowboys, making seven tackles.
Carroll suffered a concussion during a Week 2 loss to the Denver Broncos and was out the following game, but he practiced the past two weeks. He was inactive for Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers.
The Cowboys released defensive tackle Cedric Thornton before the start of the regular season. Thornton was Dallas’ biggest free agent signing in 2016, and Carroll was the biggest this year.
With the way rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis has played, and with Orlando Scandrick and Anthony Brown as the starting corners, there was no room for Carroll. The Cowboys also have second-round pick Chidobe Awuzie, who has been slowed by a recurring hamstring strain, but they looked at him as a safety in the Green Bay game.
Carroll will count $2 million against the Cowboys’ cap in 2018. The final two years of the deal he signed were a team option that needed to be picked up 23 days before the start of the 2018 league year.