IRVING, Texas – Receiver Raymond Radway, whose stellar preseason last year had an excruciatingly painful end, is among the players cut by the Cowboys to trim the roster to 75.
Radway tweeted Monday morning that he had been released and thanked the Cowboys organization for the opportunity.
The Cowboys thought enough of Radway, who went undrafted out of Abilene Christian and didn’t play football at McKinney North High, to stash him on the injured reserve last season after he suffered a gruesome broken leg in the final seconds of the preseason finale. He won’t get an opportunity to play in this summer’s preseason finale, having been buried on the depth chart by several young receivers, including undrafted rookies Cole Beasley and Tim Benford.
Owner/general manager Jerry Jones said last summer that Radway would have made the 53-man roster if his fibula didn’t snap when he landed after trying to catch a fade route in the end zone in the final few seconds of the preseason. Radway flew home on Jones’ private jet and underwent surgery to have a steel rod inserted into his leg.
Radway returned in time to participate in the Cowboys’ offseason workouts, but he never regained the form from his rookie training camp.
The former track star flashed his speed a few times in camp, most notably beating first-round cornerback Morris Claiborne on a post route, but Radway didn’t consistently produce. He was the epitome of what coach Jason Garrett refers to as a “flash player.”
When Garrett uses that term, it’s usually in this sentence: “We don’t want flash players.” The Cowboys made that clear by releasing Radway.