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Bucs and Cowboys in “dogfight” for Doug Free

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After ranking left tackle Doug Free as a top-12 free agent in this class, we said that he would be very expensive for the Cowboys to keep.

The Bucs are helping to make sure that’s true.

Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Bucs and Cowboys are in a “dogfight” for Free.  In Tampa, Free would presumably play right tackle. (They have Donald Penn on the left side.)

“Could get REALLY expensive,” Cole writes.

In other offensive line news, Cole writes that Tyson Clabo is “close” to returning to Atlanta.  The Bengals and Seahawks are reportedly both bidding for guard Robert Gallery.

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56 Responses to “Bucs and Cowboys in “dogfight” for Doug Free”
  1. nyctexan says: Jul 26, 2011 10:21 PM

    Oh S*%t

  2. txhc says: Jul 26, 2011 10:24 PM

    DAMNIT!!!!!!!! I hope we outbid Tampa and then sign Davin Joseph just to spite them.

  3. mnfaninaz says: Jul 26, 2011 10:25 PM

    go to the Bucs… this would ruin the cowboys.

  4. thevillain112 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:26 PM

    “The Bengals and Seahawks are reportedly both bidding for guard Robert Gallery.”

    As a Bengals fan, I can’t remember the last time we ever won a bidding war. Congrats Seahawks on getting a good guard…

  5. bigd88 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:28 PM

    Say no more to the Nnamdi to Dallas rumors. (Probably best for Dallas anyway… even though Nnamdi is elite, dishing out big contracts to FAs in their late 20s and up is what got the Cowboys in this mess in the first place).
    But make no mistake, the Cowboys WILL do what it takes to keep Doug Free, Even if it means no Nnamdi, Huff, Elam or Cullen Jenkins etc. etc.
    He is priority #1 for them. No way they let the one good lineman they’ve been able to develop in the last 7 years leave in FA.

  6. flboyindallas says: Jul 26, 2011 10:28 PM

    As a Bucs fan this is the guy I really, really wanted us to target in free agency to replace Jeremy Trueblood on the right side of the line. Looks like my wish is close to coming true. Go get ’em Mark Dominik!

  7. melonnhead says: Jul 26, 2011 10:28 PM

    Jones will get crazy to retain Free. Glaser has too much debt to keep up.

  8. sc5000 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:29 PM

    The Bucs got 56 million or nearly half the cap to play with. Cowboys fans better hope that Doug Free is a loyal person, if this comes down to money the boys are screwed. There is nothing an agent likes more than a bidding war…

  9. dladd79 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:29 PM

    Damn, Damn damn!!!

  10. hehatememore says: Jul 26, 2011 10:30 PM

    Keep the Free Agency stuff coming PFT!! SIDNEY RICE?!?! What’s the news??

  11. chace1986 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:30 PM

    As a Bucs fan….I would much rather they spend the money on resigning Davin Joseph and possibly getting Nnamdi. James Lee in my opinion did a pretty good job on the right side last year.

  12. thesmartest1 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:32 PM

    Good for the Bucs. make JJ sweat. Love it.

  13. whodeytn says: Jul 26, 2011 10:34 PM

    Notice how there isn’t one piece of news about the Bengals doing anything productive?

    They probably don’t even know the lockout is over.

  14. tialen says: Jul 26, 2011 10:35 PM

    hawks are probably going to pay more for a guard than our 3 qb’s combined

  15. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 26, 2011 10:36 PM

    Bidding on Gallery? There’s a big market for a giant bust with skinny arms and no footwork?

  16. dbellina says: Jul 26, 2011 10:36 PM

    Vikes just signed Bears WR Devin Aromashodu on a one-year contract..

  17. deanvernonwormer says: Jul 26, 2011 10:38 PM

    Any relation to World B. Free?

  18. cowboysfan18 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:39 PM

    Great, bid against the team that’s HAS to spend a lot.

  19. darocnessmonsta says: Jul 26, 2011 10:39 PM

    i forget is he a free agent or restricted, wondering do we get something back in return if they sign him?

  20. shian11 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:39 PM

    Wow!!! You mean the bucs could sign doug free and then still have 49 million in cap space. Bucs went 10-6, full of young talent and 59 million under the cap. Cowboys went 5-11, are over the cap, and have dez Bryant. Got to love Jerry!!!

  21. raiderapologist says: Jul 26, 2011 10:40 PM

    Anyone think to ask Tony Romo if he has any extra cash laying around?

  22. jenniferxxx says: Jul 26, 2011 10:40 PM

    Mediocrity has its rewards it seems.

  23. seneca1ss says: Jul 26, 2011 10:41 PM

    I’d rather steal T. Clabo from the Falcons. Thankfully the Redskins barely outbid the Bucs for Fat Albert Haynesworth last year.

    It would be nice to see Jerry “The Crypt Keeper” Jones not be able to afford something for once

  24. dezsjeweler says: Jul 26, 2011 10:41 PM

    Dammit! Come on Bucs. Your safeties suck, one corner is going to jail, and the other is 82 years old! Leave Cowboys players alone. 😦

  25. bucfevernva says: Jul 26, 2011 10:41 PM

    who cares resign trueblood and joseph.

  26. cammycamjuice says: Jul 26, 2011 10:41 PM

    I heard Michael Vick is in this fight too…

  27. dallasfan74 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:41 PM

    You have got to be kidding me! The bucs can price Dallas right out of the bidding they have like 58 million in cap space dont they?

    I might be a tad upset if we lose Free tonight.

  28. johnjosephyossarian says: Jul 26, 2011 10:42 PM

    Oh yes, I remember now, this is why I’m such a fan.

    F**K YES!!!

  29. tumtum1288 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:45 PM

    I swear if we let free go, I don’t even know how to put into words how irate I’d be. This is a player I believe in over spending like jerry jones loves to do. Do not let him go.

  30. jarobinewsome says: Jul 26, 2011 10:46 PM

    If Free does not stay in Dallas…the Cowboys better invest in a QUALITY backup qb. Without Free,Davis,or Columbo on the O-LINE Romo is gonna get killed AGAIN!!

  31. a55hol says: Jul 26, 2011 10:48 PM

    The sad thing is, Doug Free is a good LT, but he’s no Larry Allen. Free is an above average young LT, he’ll be getting WAAAAAY overpaid. I hope he stays with the Cowboys, but in a way, I hope not. I’d hate to have that much cap space taken up for an above average LT.

  32. preakin says: Jul 26, 2011 10:49 PM

    That’s Mark Dominik fo you, make you think something…………………… Than BANG, he does the total opposite! Remember Haynesworth? He is not going after free. He has Lee.

  33. dallasfan74 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:52 PM

    nyctexan, your post says it all…very eloquently put sir!

  34. 1buckeye76 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:53 PM

    Cincy landing Robert Gallery would be a very nice upgrade at left guard.

  35. oumoonunit says: Jul 26, 2011 10:55 PM

    Now those cheap bastards get more of Jerry’s money and his players. You should have listed owners who spend money to make money as losers in the new CBA. Oh well…at least there is validity to the term “fair market value” now that there is a salary floor and everyone in the market has to spend.

  36. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:57 PM

    “The Bengals and Seahawks are reportedly both bidding for guard Robert Gallery.”

    Tom (Left Hook) Cable in Seattle as Asst. head coach/O-Line coach and Paul Allen’s DEEP pockets….my money is on the Seahawks landing Gallery.

  37. itsmammoth says: Jul 26, 2011 11:00 PM

    Bucs are trollin’.

  38. odessabucs says: Jul 26, 2011 11:04 PM

    I’m not convinced Free is a serious Buc target. Would surprise me. Big $ to convert a LT to RT? Probably not.

    And the Oakland CB, Nnamdi whomever? No way. Great very expensive player, not the way the Bucs build teams.

  39. p01ntman says: Jul 26, 2011 11:07 PM

    Why isnt Washington bidding on any O line men?

  40. mnfaninaz says: Jul 26, 2011 11:14 PM

    Sid Rice is fielding offers from Seahawks and Vikes…

  41. 504in860 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:17 PM

    A “Free-for-all” if you will.

  42. preakin says: Jul 26, 2011 11:24 PM

    Oumoonunit, your blind dude, the bucs are smart with their money, jerry could learn a thing or two from the bucs, they build through great drafts, won a superbowl doing that. Jerry has never done that. His superbowl where still landrys draft picks, or jerrys overspending for free agents. Your cowboys are screwed.

  43. sterlingrodgers says: Jul 26, 2011 11:47 PM

    Freedom isn’t free.

  44. anthonyjcantu says: Jul 26, 2011 11:50 PM

    oumoonunit–I think the Glazers are the 2nd wealthiest owners in the NFL, so they have money. They just choose to not spend it on large televisions and face lifts.

  45. gmacbigd says: Jul 26, 2011 11:57 PM


    You really should do a little research before you go around making stupid comments. It only makes you loose credibility and makes you look like you don’t know what you are talking about.

    Most of the players that Jerry had that helped him win three Super Bowls were drafted by him and Jimmy. Yes a few were leftover from the Landry era(Jeffcoat, Bates, Newton, Irvin) and there were a couple free agents (Novacek, Haley and later on Sanders) but most were drafted by Jerry and Jimmy.

    It really annoys me when people say Jerry bought those three titles. He didn’t, most of those players were drafted by the Cowboys.

  46. gmacbigd says: Jul 27, 2011 12:00 AM

    By the way, Jerry has a very good record with free agents. He hasn’t brought many in but the ones he has brought in has had a lot of success in Dallas. (LAroi Glover, Deion Sanders, Leonard Davis, Columbo, etc. ..) Sure he has had a few busts in free agency but most of those were low risk high reward type players like Eddie George, Ryan Leaf and Pacman.
    What Jerry has done stupidly is make a couple bad trades like the Galloway trade and Williams trade.

  47. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 12:07 AM

    Cowboys went 5-11, are over the cap, and have dez Bryant. Got to love Jerry!!!


    They went 6-10, and are under the cap after making those cuts earlier.

  48. corndogluv says: Jul 27, 2011 12:16 AM

    oh yeah any thing to make the cowgirls worse then they are. yes i am a true cowgirl hater for life. go bucs.

  49. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 12:20 AM

    Oumoonunit, your blind dude, the bucs are smart with their money, jerry could learn a thing or two from the bucs, they build through great drafts, won a superbowl doing that.


    Yeeeeah. Let’s look at some of the Bucs’ Super Bowl 37 starters and who drafted them.

    QB Brad Johnson drafted by the Vikings.
    WR Keyshawn Johnson = Jets
    WR Joe Jurevicius = Giants
    TE Ken Dilger = Colts
    RB Michael Pittman = Cardinals
    LT Roman Oben = Giants
    LG Kerry Jenkins = Jets
    C Jeff Christy = Vikings
    LDE Greg Spires = Patriots
    RDE Simeon Rice = Cardinals

    That’s almost half the starters!

  50. pocaball8 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:26 AM

    Per adam shefter he just agreed to a 4 year $32 million deal. $17 mil of it guaranteed to stay with Dallas!

  51. dfwjournalist says: Jul 27, 2011 12:27 AM

    The Cowboys have won.

  52. kingbuccaneer says: Jul 27, 2011 2:47 AM

    For that kind of $$$ you can HAVE him Jerry. Good Luck with that whole salary cap thing…

    Nnamdi, you’re going to LOVE it here in Tampa Bay!

  53. oumoonunit says: Jul 27, 2011 2:58 AM

    @all of the haters

    You can still have money and be cheap.

    I am sorry that players like Talib are going to get your mandatory money now. I am also glad that there is a mandatory salary floor now. Good luck on an even playing field. I didn’t mean to hate on the team; I only dispose your owner. Most cowboys haters cant separate the two.

  54. trollaikman8 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:49 AM

    Looks like the Bucs are going to have ti buy real estate or municipal bonds in order spend their mandatory $56M. Free is staying in Dallas.

  55. jagerbmb says: Jul 27, 2011 4:04 AM

    Cowboys have now contacted Davin Joseph… Hmm. They do have an opening at OG.

  56. bigbwoy000 says: Jul 27, 2011 7:15 AM

    Jerky way to but the battle over the player. Haven’t we had enough references to “dog fighting” & enough jokes about it. It’s a serious problem & we should stop minimizing it with phrasing like this.

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