Cowboys Make 38 Moves, One Trade To Reach 53; Kellen Moore Released

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys reached the NFL's 53-man roster limit by Saturday's 3 p.m. deadline by making 38 moves, including releasing backup quarterback Kellen Moore.

They also traded an undisclosed selection in 2019 to the Cincinnati Bengals for cornerback Bene' Benwikere.

Moore is the most notable departure from the 90-man preseason roster, having entered training camp firmly as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter Dak Prescott. Because he's a vested veteran, Moore does not go through waivers and immediately becomes a free agent.

By the end of preseason, undrafted rookie Cooper Rush began splitting second-team reps with Moore. Rush, who threw six touchdown passes and no interceptions in four games, is currently the team's only backup quarterback behind starter Dak Prescott. Veteran Luke McCown was also released.

Benwikere, a fifth-round pick by Carolina in 2014, played in 27 games (14 starts) over three seasons with the Panthers, recording 76 tackles, 20 pass breakups and two interceptions.

Last October, after being waived by Carolina, Benwikere was claimed by Miami and later spent time on the Dolphins' and Packers' practice squads. The Bengals signed him in February. He could provide depth at cornerback early in the season with rookies Chido Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis working back from injury.

To help reach the 53-man limit, the Cowboys moved three players to reserve lists. Cornerback Duke Thomas (ankle, knee) was placed on Reserve/Injured; defensive ends David Irving (four games) and Damontre' Moore (two games) were placed on Reserve/Suspended.

Here is the Cowboys' full list of roster moves to reach the league's 53-man limit:


DE Richard Ash

DE Woody Baron

RB Brandon Brown-Dukes

WR Brian Brown

C Ross Burbank

CB Dejaun Butler

DT Jordan Carrell

G Kadeem Edwards

LB Kennan Gilchrist

CB John Green

WR Karel Hamilton

P Sam Irwin-Hill

DT Joey Ivie

TE Blake Jarwin

WR Andy Jones

LB Joseph Jones

DE Lenny Jones

WR Lance Lenoir

DE Darnell Leslie

LB Lamar Louis

TE M.J. McFarland

DE Lewis Neal

WR Uzoma Nwachukwu

CB Sammy Seamster

S Jameill Showers

G Dan Skipper

G Nate Theaker

CB Marquez White

LS Zach Wood *                                                                                                                                 *

*Released                                                                                               *

S Robert Blanton

T Emmett Cleary

RB Ronnie Hillman

QB Kellen Moore

QB Luke McCown*                                                                                            *

*Injury Settlement                                                                                 *

T Clay DeBord*                                                                                     *

*RESERVE/SUSPENDED                                                                            *

DE Damontre' Moore

DE David Irving   *                                                                                      *

*RESERVE/INJURED                                                                                  *

CB Duke Thomas *      *

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