Cowboys officially putting Travis Frederick on reserve/retired list
The Dallas Cowboys will see their longtime offensive lineman and starting center Travis Frederick hang up his cleats officially after the six-year NFL veteran announced his retirement in March. On Thursday, the Cowboys played the 29-year-old on its reserve/retired list — a delay between his announcement three months ago in an effort to spread his salary cap hit over two fiscal years.
“[Frederick] was set to count $11.975 million against the cap in 2020 but will now count $4.975 million this year and $6.06 million in 2021.
“According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Cowboys have a little more than $11 million in cap room, but they have not signed any of their draft picks.”
Frederick entered the league as a first-round selection by the Cowboys in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. A five-time Pro-Bowl selection, the Cowboys center missed the entirety of the 2018 campaign due to a fight with an autoimmune disease, Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
According to ESPN, the decision to wait to officially add Frederick to the retired list with a post-June 1 designation does not impact the team’s ongoing negotiations with franchise quarterback Dak Prescott, who is still seeking a long-term contract with the Cowboys.
The former fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft has been a centerpiece for Dallas’ offense since entering the NFL and quickly succeeding longtime gunslinger Tony Romo under center following the current CBS Sports broadcaster’s preseason back injury.
Frederick appeared and started in every game of his career with the Cowboys — 96 games in total — never missing a game besides the 2018 season he had to sit out with Guillain-Barre.