The Dallas Cowboys have released eight-year veteran cornerback Nolan Carroll, the team announced Wednesday.
The former Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles cornerback signed a three-year, $10 million deal with Dallas during the offseason but has played in just two games this season after suffering a concussion in Week 2.
The former fifth-round pick out of Maryland was a full participant in practice all last week but was ruled inactive for Sunday’s Week 5 loss to Green Bay Packers.
The emergence of rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis was surely a factor in the team’s decision, and their confidence in Orlando Scandrick and Anthony Brown likely led to the roster move. The Cowboys will carry five corners in Scandrick, Brown, Lewis, Bené Benwikere, and rookie Chidobe Awuzie moving forward and signed third-year linebacker Justin March-Lillard to take Carroll’s rosters spot.
Carroll’s contract included $4 million in guarantees and will count for $2 million against the team’s salary cap next season.
The 6-foot-1, 202-pound cornerback struggled in his brief stint with the Cowboys but is sure to draw some interest on the open market given his resume and the frequency of injuries to defensive backs.
Carroll recorded 55 tackles, 11 passes defended, one interception, and one forced fumble last season with the Eagles.