Cowboys to cut Igor Olshansky
September, 3, 2011
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com
The Cowboys informed veteran defensive end Igor Olshansky he will be released today according to a source. NFL teams have to get their rosters cut to 53 players by late this afternoon.
Olshansky joined the Cowboys as a free agent in 2008. He started 28 of 30 possible games picking up 1.5 sacks and 124 tackles.
Olshansky became expendable when the Cowboys signed Kenyon Coleman in free agency this summer.
After about a week of practices, Coleman had taken Olshansky's spot with the first-team and didn't lose it through the preseason. Olshansky was moved to left defensive end and said at the time he welcomed the challenge of playing that role.
But it was clear the Cowboys wanted a run stopper that was comeforable with Rob Ryan's scheme. Coleman had played in Ryan's scheme for two seasons in Cleveland.
The Cowboys could go with six defensive linemen, Jay Ratliff, Marcus Spears, Sean Lissemore, Jason Hatcher, Josh Brent and Coleman. However, the team is high on backup Clifton Geathers but isn't sure if he gets released if it's possible to bring him back to the practice squad.
Olshansky had two years remaining on his contract. He was scheduled to make $3.3 million this season and $4.2 million in 2012. The Cowboys will save roughly $3 million by cutting Olshansky now and because of a reworked deal, there will be no dead money on next year's salary cap.