The Dallas Cowboys took the field Friday morning to begin practice. Among them was rookie wide receiver Cole Beasley, an undrafted free agent from Southern Methodist University.
Beasley made it through the morning walk-through without any incidents, but was a no-show for practice Friday afternoon. Now it’s apparent; that was his last practice in a Cowboys uniform.
A source within the team said Beasley informed the Cowboys before Friday’s practice of his intentions to leave the team. The source said Beasley told the Cowboys he was leaving for “personal reasons” that his “heart is not in football right now” and added that he doesn’t expect Beasley’s mind to change.
This comes as a huge surprise because Beasley was having a good off-season and had a decent chance of making the team. Beasley was considered one of the bright spots through OTAs and training camp, and even drew comparisons to Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker.
The Cowboys made every attempt to convince Beasley from parting ways with the club, but were unsuccessful. Beasley was put on the Reserved/Left Squad list, meaning the Cowboys will retain his rights.
Cowboys director of player personnel and vice president Stephen Jones was asked about the situation and he responded, “we’re still working on that.”
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t have much to say about the situation either:
“I don’t understand right now, all I know is he wasn’t at practice. I didn’t realize we had an issue with him until we got to practice.”
Head coach Jason Garrett said he’d address the matter on Saturday.
We can speculate on what led to Beasley’s decision and I hope it’s nothing serious. However, it is better for him to have realized his heart isn’t in the game now rather than later.
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