|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 238 lb.|
|Born:||April 17, 1989|
|Drafted:||2012 / UDFA|
The Cowboys released Olawale on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Olawale opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He'll be 32 years old by Week 1, but the North Texas product is expected to look for a new team. Olawale is a fullback by definition, though he has enjoyed modest success on special teams in the past.
Olawale decided to opt out of the 2020 season, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Analysis: Olawale has served as the Cowboys' No. 1 fullback the past two seasons, but he's recorded just two touches (both catches) while logging most of his time on special teams. In particular, he tied for fifth on the team with five coverage tackles last year. Olawale's decision leaves the Cowboys with undrafted rookie Sewo Olonilua as the only fullback on the roster.
The Cowboys have picked up the 2020 option on Olawale's contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Olawale served as the Cowboys' fullback the past two seasons, logging 232 snaps on offense and 539 on special teams in 32 games. He caught two passes in 2018 and finished the 2019 campaign without a single touch.
Olawale played all 16 games during the 2019 season but failed to receive a touch on offense.
Analysis: New offensive coordinator Kellen Moore didn't put any more value on the fullback position than Scott LInehan had the year before, and Olawale saw roughly the same workload on offense and special teams as he had in 2018, getting zero carries and failing to haul in either of his two targets. He has two years remaining on his current contract, but with the Cowboys potentially switching offensive schemes again under new head coach Mike McCarthy, there's no guarantee Olawale will fit into the team's 2020 plans, even in a blocking role.
Olawale may serve as Ezekiel Elliott's primary backup for Thursday's game at Chicago with Tony Pollard (ankle) inactive, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Pollard didn't practice Tuesday or Wednesday due to an ankle issue, which is severe enough to sideline him for the first time this season. The Cowboys don't have any backs on the 53-man aside from Elliott and Olawale, meaning the latter could receive his first touch of the season if the workhorse needs a breather.
Olawale agreed to an undisclosed contract with the Cowboys, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Olawale was mostly used as a blocker and on special teams, but still recorded two catches for 13 yards in 16 games last season. The 29-year-old should resume his role as the starting fullback for the Cowboys in 2019.
Olawale played seven offensive snaps during Saturday's playoff loss to the Rams. He finished up the regular season with two catches on four targets for 13 yards.
Analysis: Olawale played 114 offensive snaps during the regular season but did not log a single rushing attempt. The veteran fullback did most of his damage as a blocker on passing downs, while also playing a limited role on special teams. The 29-year-old is set to enter free agency this offseason.
Olawale logged 10 offensive snaps during Sunday's preseason game against the Cardinals.
Analysis: Olawale wasn't given a carry, but it was still good to see him out there after he hurt his arm in a recent practice. The North Texas product remains the only true fullback on the Cowboys' roster and has a solid chance of making the team's final 53-man roster.
Olawale exited Wednesday's practice with an injury to his right arm, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: The extent of Olawale's injury isn't clear, but initial reports indicated that the fullback may only be dealing with a stinger. We should know more sooner than later.
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