Buccaneers Claim Former Cowboys DE Ladarius Hamilton


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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones

Ladarius Hamilton went from the outhouse to the penthouse.

Less than 24 hours after his departure from the Dallas Cowboys, the second-year defensive end was claimed off waivers by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced Thursday.

Hamilton was among six players cut by the Cowboys on Wednesday, along with defensive tackles Antwaun Woods and Walter Palmore, offensive lineman Adam Redmond, and cornerbacks Saivion Smith and Kemon Hall.

Smith was similarly claimed off waivers by the Seattle Seahawks.

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Background Info

Hamilton joined Dallas in 2020 as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas. He did not appear in a regular-season game but signed a reserve/futures contract with the team in January. He became expendable after the club added DE/OLB Tarell Basham in free agency and used the 12th overall draft pick on LB Micah Parsons, as well as a fourth-rounder on LB Jabril Cox.

Hamilton (6-3, 260) was a four-year for the Mean Green, registering 67 solo tackles and 16 sacks over 43 career games. He totaled 7.5 sacks each of the past two seasons and put himself on the map at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran the forty-yard dash in 4.89 seconds, completed 27 press reps on the bench press, and logged a 30-inch vertical jump.

“Played as an odd-front end for much of 2019, but will likely be targeted as a 4-3 base end as a pro,” NFL.com draft expert Lance Zierlein said of Hamilton. “Hamilton plays with good toughness and attitude, but his movement is heavy and extremely rigid. You won’t see him making a bunch of tackles, but he does have edge-setting strength and determination. He has steadily improved as a pass rusher, but athletic limitations could make it challenging to translate his college production into the pros.”

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