Wednesday's NFL: Cowboys waive ex-Wolverine, first-round pick Taco Charlton

Detroit News wire services
Taco Charlton recorded 46 tackles, including four sacks, in two seasons with the Cowboys.

Frisco, Texas — Defensive end Taco Charlton’s career in Dallas is finally done.

The disgruntled 2017 first-round pick was officially released Wednesday after the Cowboys were unable to find a trade partner.

The Cowboys needed to make a roster move by 3 p.m. to activate defensive end Robert Quinn, who missed the first two games under NFL suspension.

Charlton’s departure ends weeks of speculation about his future and a contentious last few days in which the former Michigan star lashed out at the Cowboys on social media after being made inactive for the first two games of the season.

He tweeted “Free Taco” to a report on Vice President Stephen Jones saying that other players were more versatile to the team on game day.

Charlton’s career in Dallas can’t be characterized as anything but a disappointment since the team reached to take him with the 28th pick of the 2017 draft, despite starting just one season in college.

He played in 27 games with just seven starts and four sacks.

The Cowboys didn’t like his body language, attitude and demeanor.

He was a healthy scratch for four of the last six games.

Brown investigation

Two people with knowledge of the investigation into Antonio Brown (Central Michigan) being accused of sexual assault tell The Associated Press that one of the accusers has met with NFL investigators and that there is no timetable for concluding the probe.

A spokesman for the district attorney’s office in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, said: “Our office, along with the Allegheny County Police Department, made contact with counsel for the plaintiff in the federal lawsuit involving Antonio Brown. Procedurally, it appears there is a statute of limitations issue in moving forward with any inquiry involving the Allegheny County allegation mentioned in the lawsuit.”

The allegations by Britney Taylor made against Brown in a civil lawsuit became known days before the four-time All-Pro wide receiver made his debut with the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. Taylor had a lengthy meeting with the NFL this week.

Taylor has accused Brown of sexually assaulting her on three occasions, including rape, in the lawsuit filed in South Florida. A second woman has alleged that Brown exposed himself to her while she was working on a mural for him at his Pittsburgh home.

Although the allegations became public last week, Brown practiced with the Patriots, then played on Sunday in a 43-0 rout of Miami, scoring a touchdown. He has not been made available to the media — not even after the game in Miami, despite NFL rules to the contrary.

Two sources told The Associated Press that Brown was not placed on the commissioner’s exempt list last week and was eligible to play because no criminal charges had been filed against him and because the NFL hadn’t fully developed its investigation.

Players on the exempt list can’t play in games or practice with a team but are still paid. A player can be placed on the exempt list at any point. The one-year deal Brown signed earlier this month with the Patriots could be worth as much as $15 million.

With the NFL’s investigation continuing, Brown surely will be interviewed. A decision on whether to place him on the exempt list likely wouldn’t come before all parties, including a second woman who said Brown exposed himself to her while he was with the Steelers, are spoken to.

Personnel dept.

Saints coach Sean Payton said quarterback Drew Brees will undergo surgery on his injured right thumb.

Payton said he has no timetable for Brees’ return, but said he has no immediate plans to put Brees on injured reserve. He declined to name a starter for the Saints game at the Seahawks on Sunday.

... Pro Bowl left tackle Eric Fisher (Central Michigan) is headed to Philadelphia to have surgery on his injured groin, leaving the Chiefs without their blindside protector for Patrick Mahomes for the foreseeable future.

... Cam Newton was a no-show at practice for the second straight day, increasing the likelihood that Kyle Allen will start at quarterback for the Panthers when they visit Arizona.

... The Jets placed quarterback Trevor Siemian on injured reserve and signed quarterback David Fales.

... Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey could be traded by Friday, but coach Doug Marrone said the All-Pro cornerback will be starting Thursday night against Tennessee.

... Browns tight end David Njoku broke his right wrist against the Jets and may need surgery.