The San Diego Chargers cut ties with first-round bust Larry English earlier this week, as the outside linebacker did absolutely nothing in his five seasons with the team. English recorded a meager 11 sacks in his Chargers career, surpassing 20 tackles in a season just once in his career (36 as a rookie). He’s one of the biggest busts in recent memory, and the Northern Illinois product isn’t exactly young either at the lukewarm age of 28.
Per a source close to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, the Dallas Cowboys “visited with” English a few days following his cut from the Chargers. Archer reports that the Cowboys won’t sign him “for now”, adding that English spent time with members of the organization at their training camp facilities but did not work out for the team.
The Cowboys see English as a 4-3 defensive end and not a 4-3 outside linebacker, as the edge rusher spent his time in San Diego has a 3-4 outside linebacker. Maybe a change in scheme will resurrect English’s failing career, but that is probably too much to hope for at this point. There would be no reason to fault the Cowboys for taking a flier on him, but I think they should either look elsewhere or stand pat. Demarcus Lawrence, Jeremy Mincey, George Selvie, and Tyrone Crawford should all be significantly better players, and I’d rather cast my lot with this four (add Anthony Spencer in there if you have faith in his health). Maybe English turns into something in a new scheme and with help from Rod Marinelli, so I guess this is a situation worth monitoring.