||IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys cut center Mark
Stepnoski, safety George Teague and tight end Jackie Harris on
Stepnoski, Teague and Harris were cut primarily because of
salary cap reasons. Stepnoski and Teague were exposed in the expansion draft last week, but weren't chosen by the Houston Texans.
"This is a difficult decision involving three players who
played a big part in helping us get things headed in a positive
direction last year," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.
"These moves were necessary at this time, but by no means does
this mean we have closed the door on any of these players being a
part of our organization in the future."
Stepnoski, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, has spent nine of his
13 NFL seasons in Dallas. He was drafted in 1989 in the third
round, after the Cowboys selected Troy Aikman and Daryl Johnston. Teague, a nine-year veteran who had two more years on his
contract, played five seasons in Dallas (1996, 1998-2001). Harris, 34, spent the last two seasons with the Cowboys.
-- The Associated Press