By Clarence Hill Jr.
Irving -- The Dallas Cowboys move to tight end-focused offense was made complete Friday with the release of fullback Lawrence Vickers.
The move saved the Cowboys $1.2 million, Vickers’ salary next season.
It was also not surprising. Vickers had been on the roster bubble since the draft in April when the Cowboys drafted tight end Gavin Escobar in the second round and promised to move to a two-tight end attack with Pro Bowler Jason Witten.
The team will likely use the H-back in their blocking scheme as the Cowboys also have veteran tight ends James Hanna and Dante Rosario on the roster.
It didn’t help that Vickers missed the offseason because of back surgery, allowing the team to work without a fullback in minicamp and OTAs. It also didn’t help that the Cowboys rushed for the fewest yards in a 16-game season in team history last year -- Vickers only year in Dallas.
The Cowboys waited until he was healthy, after rehab, to release him, one week before reporting to training camp.
Vickers appeared in all 16 games for Dallas in 2012, with six starts. He finished the season with three rushes for 11 yards, 13 catches for 104 yards and two tackles on special teams. He originally signed with Dallas on March 14, 2012.
The Cowboys have 89 players on the roster and could add a player before the start of camp.