Dolphins claim Taco Charlton off waivers

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Miami Dolphins have claimed defensive end Taco Charlton off of waivers from the Dallas Cowboys. He will be eligible to play on Sunday against his former team.

Charlton was released on Sept. 18. He was released at his own request after the Cowboys failed to find a trade partner.

Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Taco Charlton watches from the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts
Taco Charlton watches from the sidelines against the Indianapolis Colts (Getty Images)

He has not played in a game this season. If he plays against his former employer, it’ll be his first game of the 2019 season.

The 24-year-old Pickerington, Ohio native was the 28th overall pick by the 2017 NFL Draft. He spent two seasons with the franchise.

He appeared in 27 games, including seven starts. He had 46 tackles, eight tackles for a loss, and 11 quarterback hits. Charlton also had 4.0 sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and two pass deflections.

The Dolphins are now responsible for the last two years of his contract. Plus, they also inherit Charlton’s fifth-year option in 2021.

His option can be triggered by next off-season depending on his play. In a corresponding move, Miami released veteran offensive lineman Bryan Witzmann, who was signed by the team on Sept. 14.

According to the depth chart, he’ll compete for playing time with Avery Moss and Jonathan Ledbetter. John Jenkins and Christian Wilkins are the two defensive end starters.

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