DE Taco Charlton Requests Trade from Cowboys

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Inactive for the first two games, Dallas Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton took to social media Monday with a plea to the team: Free me.

After tweeting that message, the post was deleted, but he did follow up with this:

The Cowboys have had trade discussions for Charlton, a first-round pick in 2017, but nothing that has gotten close to fruition, according to a source. Charlton is guaranteed his $1.376 million base salary this season and $458,000 of his base salary next season.

“We are not getting into that at all in any way,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said after Sunday’s win against the Washington Redskins. “I know there is some discussion. We don’t get into that.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, asked Monday about Charlton’s current role on the team, said the linebacker is “just competing for a spot to get a jersey each week, like a lot of guys on our team.

“What we’re doing to try to do is play the best guys and the guys who give us the best chance to win. And they have to earn those opportunities in practice each week.”

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SOURCE: ESPN, Todd Archer