The Dallas Cowboys released cornerback Tyler Patmon Tuesday in a move that comes off as a bit strange if only because of the timing.
Morris Claiborne has been dealing with a hamstring issue for the second time this season, so one would think that the team would want to hold onto any depth at the position that they might have, at least for the moment. Then again, we suppose the Patmon move could suggest that Claiborne is ready to go.
“We felt like this was the move for our team right now,” Garrett said, per the team's official website. “He’s been a good player for us and he has a chance to be a good player in this league."
Weird timing notwithstanding, Garrett added that the move wasn't the result of a discipline issue.
“Performance-related,” Garrett said. “This is just an evaluation of the body of work and what we’re asking our nickel to do. Over time, he’s gotten a lot of opportunities and we feel like we’re going to give someone else an opportunity to do that job right now.”
In 22 games with the Cowboys over the last two seasons, Patmon had 22 tackles, seven passes defensed and an interception, which he returned for a touchdown.