The Dallas Cowboys are adding reinforcements to the offensive line by signing longtime NFL starter Billy Price to the team’s practice squad, the Cowboys announced on September 27, 2023. Price was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the No. 21 overall selection in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft following a standout career at Ohio State.
He last played for the Arizona Cardinals, starting 11 games in 2022 and grading a 51.3 (out of 100) from Pro Football Focus. Price began his NFL career with three seasons in Cincinnati, where he played in 69 contests, including 45 starts. He spent 2021 with the New York Giants.
“Cowboys signed center Billy Price to their practice squad, they announced. This fills vacancy from CB C.J. Goodwin’s promotion to the 53-man roster,” The Dallas Morning News’ Michael Gehlken tweeted on September 27. “Price made 26 starts the past two years for the Giants, Cardinals. The Bengals drafted him in the 2018 first round.”
The Dallas Cowboys Are Being Criticized for Not Re-Signing Ezekiel Elliott Following His Release
One past roster move that continues to be scrutinized is the Cowboys’ decision to release running back Ezekiel Elliott after seven years with the team.
Elliott’s $90 million contract made the move a no-brainer for Dallas, but the team faced criticism for not making a strong push to re-sign him at a lower salary. The Cowboys face Elliott’s new team, the New England Patriots, on October 1, and owner Jerry Jones reflected on whether the team’s red zone woes would have been solved with Zeke on the roster.
“Well, Zeke’s unique physicalness is always nice to have,” Jones said during a September 27 interview on 105.3 The Fan’s “Shan & RJ.” “Nice to have, to be trite about it, it’s very good to have. We think of physical on short yardage and probably should, but I don’t think that physicalness from the running back is contributing to us not getting in the end zone.”
There Are No Truth to the Kyle Pitts to Dallas Cowboys Trade Rumors
Another name that has been mentioned as a potential solution for Dallas’ lack of scoring touchdowns is Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts. NFL Network’s Jane Slater quickly squashed the notion, reporting that Atlanta has no desire to move Pitts.
“The Cowboys are always looking to bolster their offense, so when I heard a show say Dallas should call Atlanta to see if Kyle Pitts is available, I checked into it,” Slater tweeted on September 26. “A source with the Falcons’ answer when I asked ‘LOL. No way.’”
Pitts had been linked to Dallas dating back to the 2021 pre-draft process when owner Jerry Jones revealed his infatuation with the tight end. The latest batch of rumors went viral after ESPN’s Robert Griffin III noted that the Cowboys should attempt to strike a trade for Pitts.
“But if I was the Cowboys right now, they don’t have a mismatch at tight end. They have the personnel outside, but that tight end is the one that they’re missing,” Griffin remarked on the September 25 episode of “Monday Night Countdown.” “I would be banging at the Atlanta Falcons’ door right now to try to go and get Kyle Pitts.
“They need a player like that. … They gotta find a way to find a mismatch in the red zone.”