The Cowboys released tight end Paul Freedman on Monday, replacing him with journeyman tight end Dante Rosario.
Rosario, a fifth-round pick of the Panthers in 2007, has played for four NFL teams, most recently the Chargers last season when he played in 13 games with two starts. He has 99 career catches for 1,106 yards and eight touchdowns in 91 career games, including 26 starts. Rosario also can play H-back and special teams.
The Cowboys drafted tight end Gavin Escobar in the second round of the recent NFL Draft. They also have Jason Witten and James Hanna slated to be among at least three tight ends they carry on the 53-player roster. But Dallas could choose to carry four.
The Cowboys are expected to play more two tight end sets this season. Dallas didn't use its 12 personnel -- one running back and two tight ends -- much last season. The Cowboys ran only 195 plays with two tight ends last season when they had Witten, Hanna and John Phillips, who left for San Diego in the off-season. The Cowboys threw 74 times with two tight ends in the game, took one sack and rushed the ball 120 times.
In 2011, with Martellus Bennett as their second tight end, the Cowboys used two tight ends for 320 plays, rushing 225 times, taking six sacks and throwing 89 times.
-- Charean Williams