Cowboys cut QB Ryan Leaf

May 20, 2002 at 9:35 PM
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IRVING, Texas, May 20 (UPI) -- The Dallas Cowboys on Monday released Ryan Leaf, the oft-maligned quarterback who became expendable due to the emergence of Quincy Carter and the recent acquisition of former Stanford signal caller Chad Hutchinson.

Leaf was the second overall pick in the 1998 draft by the San Diego Chargers, but never came close to living up to expectations and was a bust before his release in February, 2001. He endured two injury-plagued seasons and often feuded with management.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Leaf last summer before cutting him before the season.

Leaf was signed by the Cowboys in October after Carter tore his hamstring. Leaf lost all three of his starts for Dallas and completed 45-of-88 pssses in four games. His best effort was in a Thanksgiving Day loss to Denver in which the Cowboys rallied from a 26-3 deficit before losing 26-24.

A collegiate star at Washington State, Leaf is 4-17 as an NFL starter with 14 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions.

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