The Dallas Cowboys, like every other NFL team, is trying their best to work their way through the Covid-19 pandemic in attempts to get the football season underway. The league gave players an opportunity to opt out, tolling their contracts until next season and instead receiving a stipend loan from their would-be 2021 base salaries.
Now, a third Cowboys player, FB Jamize Olawale has opted out of the upcoming season. He joins CB Maurice Canday and WR Stephen Guidry as Dallas players who’ve chosen to sit out the season.
Cowboys fullback Jamize Olawale opting out of 2020 season, per team/@robphillips3.
Olawale played about 10.5% of offensive snaps each of last 2 seasons.
— Jori Epstein (@JoriEpstein) August 2, 2020
A veteran of eight NFL seasons, the 31-year-old Olawale has spent each of the last two years with the Cowboys. Despite having a minimal role within the offense, Olawale recently had his 2020 option picked up, represented a key special teamer with upside for Mike McCarthy and John Fassel. How the team addresses his departure remains to be seen.
Dallas has a trio of undrafted runners on the depth chart behind Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard. Among the options is 6-3 and 240 pound Sewo Olonilua, who’s path to make the roster suddenly becomes a lot clearer. A four-year player out of TCU, Olonilua rumbled for 537 yards and eight rushing touchdowns last season, and also chipped in 114 receiving yards and one touchdown on 24 receptions.
Sewo Olonilua is a fascinating RB. Moves extremely well for 6'3", 232, but he still plays to his size. This is great leg churn by him. Those feet never stop moving.pic.twitter.com/x7n1AMTqTy
— Nick Farabaugh (@FarabaughFB) April 6, 2020
The Cowboys could also transition Portland State’s Charlie Taumoepeau to the H-back role he seems destined for and is inline with head coach Mike McCarthy’s offensive philosophy.
The deadline for players for opt-out of the 2020 season is August 3rd. Keep track of the latest developments for the Cowboys and around the league here.