Cowboys Release DE Benson Mayowa & DT Joe Vellano

The  Dallas Cowboys officially released veteran DE Benson Mayowa and DT Joe Vellano on Wednesday.

Mayowa, 26, wound up signing on with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent out of Idaho back in 2013. He lasted over a year in Seattle before he was waived at the start of the 2014 season and later claimed off of waivers by the Raiders.

Oakland declined to tender Mayowa a restricted offer a few years ago and he later signed a three-year, $8.25 million contract with the Cowboys.

Todd Archer points out that this move creates $2.75 million in cap room for the Cowboys.

In 2017, Mayowa appeared in 14 games for the Cowboys and recorded 21 tackles and one sack. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 66 interior defender out of 106 qualifying players.

Vellano, 29, signed on with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent out of Maryland back in 2013. He had a brief stint with the Colts before returning to New England on a future/reserve contract in 2016.

The Falcons later signed Vellano to their practice squad and he had been on and off of their active roster before catching on with the Cowboys to finish out the year. Dallas elected to bring him back on a futures contract a few months ago.

In 2017, Vellano appeared in four games for the Falcons and recorded four tackles and no sacks.

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