“The Cowboys are signing LB Rashaan Evans, the former first-round pick, to their 53-man roster, source said,” reported Rapoport on X. “Evans has been elevated from the practice squad the last few weeks, and several teams have been attempting to sign him off the Dallas PS. But he sticks with the Cowboys.”
Teams can sign players directly from other teams’ practice squads, but they must immediately place them on the 53-man active roster. The Cowboys blocked that move by signing Evans themselves.
Evans spent his only year with the Falcons in 2022, but he certainly made an impact. He led the team in tackles with 159. The Falcons deemed him surplus to requirements after they spent big money on free agent Kaden Elliss.
Elliss has 73 tackles, four tackles for loss, and picked up his first sack last week.
Even after starting linebacker Troy Andersen went down with a pectoral injury, the Falcons still didn’t re-sign Evans.
Now Evans finds himself on the active roster of one of the hottest teams in the NFL. The Cowboys are 8-3 on the season, facing the Carolina Panthers this week.
Meanwhile the Atlanta Falcons find themselves in the midst of an identity crisis. Atlanta has lost four of its last five games. They’re toiling in 3rd place in a soft NFC South at 4-6, and they still don’t know what they want to do at quarterback.
Atlanta is on a bye this week before taking on the New Orleans Saints on November 26th. They improbably still control their own future starting with the division leading Saints.