Dexter Coakley, a former third-round pick out of Appalachian State, was released Tuesday by the Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys made the move when a restructured contract could not be worked out.
Coakley was scheduled to receive a $502,000 roster bonus this week.
Coakley, who is 32 years old, is one of the smallest linebackers in the league at 5-10, 236 pounds.
It had been reported in previous weeks that he could be on the way out with the Cowboys anticipated switch to the 3-4 defense. The 3-4 formation requires bigger linebackers.
One the Cowboys failed to reach a deal to restructure his contract, he was promptly released. It is believed that linebacker Bradie James will have an opportunity to move into Coakley's place.
Dexter Coakley Released
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