The Dallas Cowboys used the ninth overall pick in the draft on USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith.
And they’re probably going to show his predecessor the door.
According to FOX Sports’ Adam Caplan, incumbent Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo is due a $500,000 roster bonus over the next few months. Add that $500k to Colombo’s $1.9 million base salary, and it’s probably too much for a backup offensive lineman coming off a dismal season.
The Cowboys should be able to retain left tackle Doug Free because he’s a tendered restricted free agent per 2010 uncapped year rules. Free and Smith will be the starters.
The organization is also high on 2010 sixth-round pick Sam Young, who could move into a “swing” tackle role behind Free and Smith. Former third-round pick Robert Brewster is another reserve option.
Colombo and free agent Alex Barron, who held the swing role last year, aren’t expected back.