Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Safety Owusu-Ansah to join Jacksonville
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- The Akwasi Owusu-Ansah era with the Cowboys is officially over.
Owusu-Ansah was called up to Jacksonville's active roster a day after joining the practice squad and will return to playing safety after the Cowboys converted him to wide receiver at the beginning of the regular season.
The Cowboys released Owusu-Ansah last week to call up fullback Shaun Chapas from the practice squad. They kept him on the 53-man roster through last Tuesday in order for him to receive a game check of roughly $26,500 with the hope of him re-joining the practice squad this week.
Instead, Owusu-Ansah chose to go to Jacksonville.
A fourth-round pick last year out of Division II Indiana (Pa.), Owusu-Ansah made his only contributions in two seasons on special teams, returning kickoffs and punts. He also had four special teams’ tackles. A cornerback in college, the Cowboys moved him to safety but he came to the team with a shoulder injury and missed most of training camp as a rookie. He played in seven games in 2010 before an ankle injury forced him to injured reserve.
He was among the final cuts this summer after an unimpressive training camp and was moved to wide receiver early in the season. He did not see any time in games as a wide receiver.
Owusu-Ansah is the third of the team’s six 2010 draft picks to no longer in the organization, joining tackle Sam Young and cornerback Jamar Wall. Only three of the 12 picks in 2009 remain on the active roster (Stephen McGee, Victor Butler and John Phillips). Kicker David Buehler is on injured reserve.