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Mailbag: Financial Impact Of Taco's Release?


Can you break down what Taco's release means contract-wise and implications for the salary cap? Are the Cowboys going to be carrying any dead money going forward as a result of his outright release? - MATT HUFF / AUSTIN, TX

Bryan: The Cowboys will be carrying $4.5 million in dead money if he is not claimed.

Rob: As Mickey pointed out on Talkin' Cowboys, Charlton has $1.83 million in guarantees from the Cowboys if he isn't claimed on waivers. That's the total of his previously scheduled base salaries in 2019 and 2020. Bryan mentioned the dead money on the cap over the next two years. The fact that they released him anyway shows they simply were ready to move on.

Last week, I didn't notice Chidobe Awuzie in the game nor hearing his name called. For a cornerback that's the best way to have a game go. Was he that much of a lockdown corner or did they just never look his way? - REIFF BUTLER / CONROE, TX

Bryan: The Redskin's game plan was to attack Byron Jones, who was up to the task. Awuzie was good despite all the attention that Jones received. Awuzie continues to get better each week he's on the field.

Rob: Overall I thought the secondary has played well these first two games, and Awuzie's coverage has been solid. You're right, Washington didn't seem to test him much. When that happened in training camp and preseason it didn't go in the offenses' favor. Seemed like Redskins quarterback Case Keenum went after Byron Jones early. As much time as Jones missed in the offseason, he has been on his game through two weeks.

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