Cowboys cut DT Marcus Spears
IRVING, Texas (AP)
The Dallas Cowboys are releasing veteran defensive tackle Marcus Spears.
The move Wednesday was designated for June 1, when it will save the Cowboys $2 million against the salary cap.
Spears, who turned 30 last week, was the second of two first-round picks after DeMarcus Ware in 2005.
The move means the Cowboys are mostly considering younger options on their roster as they add an interior defensive lineman in a switch from the 3-4 to the 4-3.
Spears had 314 tackles in eight seasons, including a career-high 65 in 2008. He played in 88 straight games to start his career before a calf injury sidelined him in 2010.