Dallas Cowboys Release Edge Rusher

The Dallas Cowboys are apparently quite confident in their pass rush as it's presently constructed. According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the team is waiving veteran pass rusher Tarell Basham. Basham started six games in 17 appearances for the Cowboys in 2021, notching 3.5 sacks and 11 quarterback hits. He has seen his role drastically reduced this year: he has appeared on only 26 snaps in two appearances this year.

Basham has been buried on the depth chart in what has been a loaded defensive line rotation for the Cowboys this year. The Cowboys have compiled an incredible 45 sacks through 12 games this season thanks in large part to the continued ascension of second-year linebacker Micah Parsons (12 sacks) and the surprising emergence of fifth-year edge rusher Dorance Armstrong Jr (8 sacks).

Basham initially entered the league as the Indianapolis Colts' 80th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He split time as a rotational pass rusher for the Colts and the New York Jets over his first four seasons before landing with the Cowboys in 2021. Any team looking for pass rush help near the top of the waiver wire will likely have a look at him.

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