Dallas Cowboys reportedly release their 2016 sack leader
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By Steven Mullenax

According to several reports, the Dallas Cowboys have now released their veteran pass rusher who actually lead the team in sacks back in 2016.

The Dallas Cowboys figure to be big-time players in free agency. And by that I mean they’ll likely dedicate the major of their salary cap space to securing their own free agents and signing some of their own players to extensions.

The spending started earlier this week as the Cowboys used their franchise tag to retain the services of defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence. That move will cost the Cowboys a whopping $17.143 million this year.

In corresponding move, several sources are now reporting that the Cowboys have released fellow defensive end Benson Mayowa. By cutting the 26-year old pass rusher, Dallas will gain $2.75 million in salary cap space.

Prior to joining the Cowboys are a restricted free agent, Mayowa spent his first three NFL seasons with the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders. In 2016, Dallas offered Mayowa a three-year, $8.25 million deal that Oakland refused to match.

In his first season in Dallas, Mayowa racked up 25 total tackles, 6.0 sacks and forced a fumble in 13 games. Despite only starting in six contests that year, Benson ended up leading the Cowboys in...

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