The Dallas Cowboys have signed former New England Patriots defensive end Jason Vega today, according to a tweet from Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. Vega was cut by the Patriots about a week ago after sustaining a minor knee injury in practice, and his release from the Patriots was not due to performance. Following the cut, Vega indicated to The Patriot Ledger’s Glen Farley that the Patriots would likely bring back the former CFL star at a later date.
Jason Vega wasn’t expected to make the Patriots roster, but he was expected to make the practice squad, and I feel the same way about Vega’s chances with the Dallas Cowboys. A star in the CFL, Vega has been compared to Rob Ninkovich, and he showed up well in Week 1 of the preseason against the Philadelphia Eagles. In that game, Vega recorded three tackles, including a clutch stop on third-down and two tackles on Eagles mobile quarterback Dennis Dixon.
Vega’s agent told The Patriot Ledger, He’s got two games. That’s ample time to impress.”
Glen Farley reports that Vega’s exact injury was a sprained MCL and that the Dallas Cowboys showed interest in Vega earlier this offseason as well. It’s been an interesting ride to this point for the rookie DE, and it’s too bad that the Brockton native couldn’t continue with the Patriots. However, it is good to see that Vega has already found a new team, and I hope he makes an impression on the Cowboys organization. It won’t be easy for him with the depth the Cowboys have at the position, but he certainly has a fair shot.