Defensive end Damontre Moore has been employed, and then unemployed, by three teams in the last nine months. He's likely hoping his hometown Dallas Cowboys are his fourth.
Moore is just 23, has 9.5 sacks in the last two years, and was a third-round draft pick. But besides some level of pedigree for the DeSoto native and Texas A&M product, trouble seems to chase him around.
The Cowboys gave the 6-5, 250-pound Moore a workout on Wednesday, as first reported by ESPN's Todd Archer and confirmed by our Mike Fisher. And you don't have to strain your eyes to see the reasoning: Dallas is short on defensive ends who can play, not just because of temporary injury rehab concerns with Benson Mayowa and David Irving and not even due to the drug suspension of Tank Lawrence (we don't even count Randy Gregory anymore) but because ... well, the Cowboys lack talent at this spot. They just do.
But ... tap the brakes here.
So no signing at this time. Still ...
The thinness of the roster at this spot will be apparent on Friday when the Cowboys play host to Miami in a preseason game. Does Moore help there, or beyond, or at all? There is a reason he's on the street: He has a reputation as someone lacking work ethic and commitment, and he doesn't seem to be a "Right-Kind-of-Guy'' in the locker room, either, given the fight (over headphones) that got him cut from the Giants.
Can he have turned some maturity corner here? (CHQ can tell you there are people in DFW who have been in his corner from the start who, biased as they may be, imagine him as a force in a Cowboys uniform.)
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who this summer signed and then cut Moore, said the reasoning was, basically, there was nothing to lose for the team. Moore's workout for the Cowboys in Oxnard -- despite not leading to a signing at this time -- essentially says the same thing.