Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Doug Free's future
By Tim Kavanagh
After a disappointing campaign in 2012 -- to put it mildly -- Dallas Cowboys OT Doug Free appeared to be on the roster bubble as the 2013 offseason got rolling. He's slated to make $7 million this upcoming season, and that's simply too much for a player that can't handle his position.
But there's a third option -- aside from maintaining the status quo or releasing him. The Cowboys could move Free to the interior of the O-line, an area that is also in need of an upgrade this offseason.
"We're looking at it," Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confirmed of moving Free to OG, per ESPNDallas.com. "We're going to un-turn every stone to get better. I wouldn't rule him out at tackle either. He's a pretty versatile guy. He's smart."
Count ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano amongst the skeptics on this one:
Dan GrazianoFree at OG? Not so fast
"Every scout I spoke with when this came up last year said one of Free's biggest problems was a lack of exceptional strength, and that that was likely to show up even more drastically if he were playing guard. So I don't know. I kind of doubt that's the answer."