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.

56 responses to “Bucs and Cowboys in “dogfight” for Doug Free

  1. “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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. 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!!!

  9. 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

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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!!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. “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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. @preakin

    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.

  22. 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.

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

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

  24. 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.

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    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!

  25. @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.

  26. 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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