IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys waived fullback
Vickers, who had back surgery this offseason, was the only fullback on the current roster.
The move suggests the Cowboys may rely more on an H-Back position in their blocking scheme, an idea alluded to when the team signed tight end
The decision to release Vickers should save the Cowboys roughly $1.2 million on the salary cap, as he was slated to make $1.3 million in the final year of his contract, which expired at the end of the 2013 season.
Vickers played in all 16 games in 2012 but only started six. He had three carries for 11 yards, and he caught 13 passes for 104 yards. He has played seven seasons in the NFL -- five with Cleveland and one each with Houston and Dallas, respectively, after playing his college career for Colorado.
Cowboys’ running back coach Gary Brown was Vickers’ position coach during his most productive spell with the Browns.
The move opens up a roster spot for the Cowboys, who have 89 players on the roster with just one week until training camp.
Vonta Leach is easily the top fullback in free agency at this point, though it's doubtful he would sign with the Cowboys. Leach made roughly $1.3 million with Baltimore during the 2012 season, and he is reportedly seeking a multi-year contract at his next stop.