The Cowboys have announced that the team has released veteran safety Will Allen.
Allen is a ten year veteran who the Cowboys had signed in the offseason as a hopeful stopgap measure and mentor for rookie J.J. Wilcox. Wilcox eventually supplanted Allen in the depth chart by the third week of the season.
It is unclear whether the Cowboys intend to use the vacant roster spot to bring up one of the practice squad candidates at safety (Jakar Hamilton or Micha Pellerin) or if the team will look to sign a free agent to fill the spot.
One intriguing option is that the roster spot could be used to allow Jay Ratliff back on the roster next week, when he is eligible to return.
Allen's play was inconsistent for the Cowboys. While he did grab one interception and had nine tackles in five games, his coverage was a part of the issue which has maligned the Dallas defense.
The Cowboys must have felt that there would be no more use for Allen as, even with the cut, all of his $905,000 contract is guaranteed, thus the Cowboys don't even save money by making the move.
The news comes courtesy of David Helman of the Dallas Cowboys website.