The beleaguered right tackle Free agreed to a reduced two-year contract that guarantees him $3.5 million for 2013 and has a similar (but un-guaranteed) salary in 2014.
Tyson Clabo, Dallas’ top-ranked free agent tackle and an upgrade over incumbent Doug Free, is signing with Miami, according to his agent. That transaction removes some of the leverage the Cowboys may have had over Free, who as of a few days ago “anticipates not being with the Cowboys.’’
It is a gigantic game of Chicken. It is also a gigantic game of Musical Chairs. And the two games involve gigantic sums of money and, because it’s all about offensive tackles, it involves gigantic men, too.
The Cowboys’ position on the right tackle position? It’s one driven by political correctness. One driven by open-mindedness. And one driven by leverage.
Sources continue to tell me that there have been no true Cowboys negotiations with Winston beyond “touching base’’ with his agent in anticipation of Dallas possibly having an opening.
Borrowing a page from their archrivals the New York Giants, a cap-strapped team that recently restructured the contract of veteran offensive lineman David Diehl, the Cowboys have reportedly asked starting right tackle Doug Free to take a similar pay cut.
Marcus Spears, a Dallas Cowboys first-round draft pick in 2005, announced on Twitter on Wednesday that he’s being cut by the team.
The activation of a cap-relief clause in DeMarcus Ware’s contract is a done deal, according to Dallas Cowboys sources.
The Cowboys are nearly $20 million over the cap, which comes at a time when they are still facing a $5-mllion cap penalty from the NFL from a year ago.
Averaging 78.7 yards rushing per game — just 3.5 yards a carry — the Cowboys are on pace for their worst rushing season since the very first year of the franchise in 1960.
Free, who has four false starts and two holding calls, said Wednesday that he definitely hasn’t played up to his potential and needs to keep working at it. He had four penalties in the last game.
The Cowboys revamped their offensive line during the offseason. The problem is they never all played together in the preseason. But they will, for the first time, on Wednesday.