Jones chose to focus on the 30-year-old vet’s lack of production in his debut stint for the Cowboys and that he had weight issues with which he couldn’t deal.
“When you’re 30 pounds overweight and you’re not doing anything about what’s keeping you from performing well on the field, there is no reason to get into the other stuff,” Jones said (via Chris Mortensen in ESPN).
That “other stuff” that Jones mentioned pertained to the fact that Poe was the only member of the Cowboys squad to take a knee during the national anthem of each of their game and if that was at all related to the front office’s decision.
Jones steered away from controversy and chose to stick to football.
“I understand your question and I’m deliberately not going to answer it,” Jones replied. “We have a platform here but the platform on the football field has a high standard, and he [Poe] was not up to the standard. He needed to correct that and he did not. I’m going to leave it at that.”
The two-time Pro Bowler signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys prior to this season with a guaranteed $3.5 million. Unfortunately, Poe couldn’t carry all 350 pounds of himself on the field and prove to be an effective part of Dallas’ defensive line in his first seven games.
Alongside Poe, the Cowboys also released cornerback Daryl Worley and opted to trade defensive end Everson Griffen to the Detroit Lions for a future draft pick.