Inside the walls of Valley Ranch, Doug Free’s reputation as a “tough guy” is beyond reproach. But his toughness is about to get tested.
Top draft pick Zack Martin naturally started with the first-team offensive line as the Cowboys rookie minicamp opened on Friday. The same should hold when real football starts.
Assorted Dallas Cowboys players are using the start of the offseason to “clean up’’ injury issues sustained in 2013. Included on that list: Special-teams star Dwayne Harris and starting right tackle Doug Free.
Stephen Jones makes his weekly call-in with the Ben and Skin show to discuss the health of Miles Austin, Doug Free’s season so far, and the upcoming Week 4 game against the Chargers.
Dallas Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones joined 105.3 The Fan’s Elf & Slater on Friday to discuss the team following the Cowboys’ final preseason game.
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.