The Dallas Cowboys have released former first-round pick Taco Charlton.

With the roster exemption for Robert Quinn’s return expiring Wednesday, the Cowboys opted to cut ties with Charlton despite being on the hook for more than $1.8 million in guaranteed base salary over the next two years.

On Monday, Charlton posted — and then deleted — “Free me” on Twitter. He then tweeted, “Trust me the last thing I want to do is have to go to social media to get what I want so I can play football again.”

If Charlton is claimed by another team, the Cowboys would not owe him the guaranteed money.

If he goes unclaimed and signs with another team at a lower salary, the Cowboys would be on the hook for the difference in the guaranteed money.

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