Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Latest on Dallas' interest in Brian Waters
By Brent Sobleski
UPDATE: The Dallas Cowboys reportedly broke off negotiations with veteran guard Brian Waters over the weekend. Waters still remains an option, but Dallas is just as likely to look in another direction.
"Brian Waters is still a possibility. Could also sign a guard who is cut by another team or trade for one (like Ryan Cook last year)," Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com tweeted.
This isn't a similar situation Dallas faced with Brandon Moore. The negotiations between Waters and Dallas simply broke down.
"A source close to Waters told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the guard is still ready and willing to play for Dallas or another team in the right situation," MacMahon relayed. "The source said a report that Waters does not want to play football anymore is inaccurate."
Brandon Moore won't be the Dallas Cowboys' answer to its dwindling guard depth. Moore signed a one-year contract with Dallas Tuesday only to retire a day later according to ESPN.com's Adam Schefter. Dallas will now attempt to sign another guard.
"...I know the Cowboys will move on," Moore told Mike Garafolo of FoxSports.com. "They moved on from whoever they moved on before me and they'll move on to somebody else. The game goes on."
In a twist of fate, the Cowboys could pull a player out of retirement to fill the spot Moore quickly vacated. Garafolo wrote Brian Waters may become the Cowboys' next option. Waters sat out last season and may be willing to return to the game.
Tim MacMahonHow long can Cowboys wait on Brian Waters?
"There is a legitimate concern, however, about how much time Waters would need to be ready for the Sept. 8 season opener against the New York Giants, especially considering that the 36-year-old likely has some rust to chip off after sitting out last season. Ideally, the starting offensive line would get at least a preseason game’s worth of work, which require Waters to join the Cowboys next week.
However, recent history indicates that Waters doesn’t necessarily need preseason reps to be successful. He signed with the New England Patriots on Sept. 4, 2011, and started every game for a Super Bowl team, earning a Pro Bowl invitation in the process."