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Doug Free stays in Dallas

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After fending off an unexpected challenge from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Dallas Cowboys have kept tackle Doug Free.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Free has agreed to terms on a four-year, $32 million contract, with $17 million guaranteed.

Free, a four-year veteran, became the full-time starter at left tackle in 2010, after Flozell Adams was cut.  Free could be moving back to the right side, with the arrival of first-round pick Tyron Smith.

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38 Responses to “Doug Free stays in Dallas”
  1. preakin says: Jul 27, 2011 12:30 AM

    LIKE I SAID, DOMINIK PLAYING GAMES WITH OTHER G.M.’S!!!!!! If you all don’t see how smart Mark Dominik is now, wow, alot of teams could learn from him.

  2. giantsareclassy1 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:31 AM

    Good for Dallas. Free is a good sign

  3. usdiveteam says: Jul 27, 2011 12:31 AM

    Awesome, now get some help in the secondary and D-line please!!!

  4. medtxpack says: Jul 27, 2011 12:32 AM

    good keep by the boys, theyll need him to keep Romo upright.

  5. preakin says: Jul 27, 2011 12:33 AM

    Plus Free just got overpaid, 8 million a year for less than 2 years of starting. Now he is on a worse O line cause Dallas can’t afford crap. Boys fans, pray Mr. Jones gets his head out of his you know what, and hires a G.M.

  6. cowboysfan18 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:35 AM

    Hallelujah

  7. cowboys9366 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:38 AM

    Thank you Jesus!!

  8. kingdavid56 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:38 AM

    Way to go JJ.

  9. footballguru517 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:40 AM

    Great job by my ‘Boys. Some people need to do their homework before speaking their mind, cuz they just look like fools. The Cowboys will still have plenty of room to sign other FA’s. With all the cuts today, and several players with big contracts set to restructure, they’ll be well under the cap even with this very cap-friendly deal.

  10. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 12:42 AM

    Plus Free just got overpaid, 8 million a year for less than 2 years of starting. Now he is on a worse O line cause Dallas can’t afford crap. Boys fans, pray Mr. Jones gets his head out of his you know what, and hires a G.M.

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    But they couldn’t afford crap before they signed Free though, remember?

  11. jmarc88 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:46 AM

    Quit hating on the cowboys.

  12. hailskins4life says: Jul 27, 2011 12:46 AM

    Doug Free for $8 M a year? Lmao.

  13. killxswitch says: Jul 27, 2011 12:49 AM

    preakin says: Jul 27, 2011 12:33 AM

    Plus Free just got overpaid, 8 million a year for less than 2 years of starting. Now he is on a worse O line cause Dallas can’t afford crap. Boys fans, pray Mr. Jones gets his head out of his you know what, and hires a G.M.
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    Are you kidding? That is a good price for a 27 year old LT with Free’s skills. He and the rookie Smith will be rock solid bookend tackles for years.

  14. btintampa says: Jul 27, 2011 12:55 AM

    Wait until it is official before you cluck. Adam who?

  15. mnfaninaz says: Jul 27, 2011 12:56 AM

    dammit.

  16. hines86for6 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:56 AM

    Tyron Smith isn’t playing LT anytime soon. Doug Free is there for the forseeable future.

    Smith didn’t play LT at USC because of Ryan Khalil’s lil bro.

    Do your homework on rookies.

  17. des2brich says: Jul 27, 2011 12:57 AM

    You are crazy if you think the cowboys can’t afford anything else because they signed doug free!

  18. chipwade says: Jul 27, 2011 1:07 AM

    He should legally change his name to Doug Expensive.

  19. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 1:11 AM

    Doug Free for $8 M a year? Lmao.

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    Redskins fans shouldn’t be laughing at any other team, much less the Cowboys. Trent Williams is getting $10 M a year!

  20. lee3022 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:12 AM

    This was a must-sign for Dallas. Tampa may have wanted Free but it also helps to pump up a NFC rival’s cap number without cost.

    Given that the Chargers paid Clary (right tackle) $8.5M for 2011 and $20M for 4 years this looks about right. Later in the week it probably will look cheap!

  21. jcg23 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:55 AM

    Lot of you folks laughing at the money paid Free should really look at the average salary of the Left tackles in the NFL…. They are the 2nd highest priority after QB for an offense. That’s before Wide out, Tight ends, running backs anything.

  22. damayan5 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:06 AM

    Tampa is in the market for a good RT. But won’t overpay. Good deal for Free tho.
    There are plenty of other ones on the market for Tampa.

  23. txhc says: Jul 27, 2011 3:21 AM

    Cool. Now let’s teach them a lesson and steal Davin Joseph from them. We need a new G after cutting Leonard Davis anyway.

  24. trollaikman8 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:41 AM

    This was a must-sign for the Cowboys if they want Romo or any QB standing upright.
    He’s a good run blocker too and should be better than ever at age 27.

    I don’t think they overpaid. I think Free commands that kind of guarantee.

  25. footballfanman says: Jul 27, 2011 4:29 AM

    melonnhead says:

    Redskins fans shouldn’t be laughing at any other team, much less the Cowboys. Trent Williams is getting $10 M a year!
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    And he has plenty of time to be all pro. Which by the looks of things seems very possible.

  26. bhindenemylines says: Jul 27, 2011 7:10 AM

    hailskins4life says:
    Jul 27, 2011 12:46 AM
    Doug Free for $8 M a year? Lmao.
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    Yep, just like Fat Albert laughing as he carries his $40+ million to the bank after play what, 8 games???

    Free’s signing makes a whole lot more sense then Haynesworth and McNabb. And he will do more for the money.

    Get ready for your 4th straight year in the basement, skins fans.

    Beck….? Really….??? Beck…???

    Now I’m LMAO.

  27. pftstory says: Jul 27, 2011 7:21 AM

    How’s the math work on the cap? Truely How?

    I recall the story line last year was the Cowboys paid big money to some guys last season because it was uncapped and would “help them” when the cap came back.

    This is an extreme example to show what I’m asking…
    Give a guy a $50 Mil deal for 5 years. Works to $10 mil a year. But if you pay him $30 of it last year, when uncapped, they would face $5 mil a year for the next 4.

    Did I dream all this? If not, I dont see why the Cowboys are over the cap.

  28. 1bigtex says: Jul 27, 2011 7:27 AM

    @ footballfanman

    “he has plenty of time to be all pro”
    Would that be the same Trent Williams who has been described as “clearly absent” from the off-season workouts as well as being criticized for having a lazy work ethic?

    Let’s see, $10 million for lazy and absent or $8 million for a guy who is still young, but has proven that he can play either side in the league and graded out as the best run-blocking LT in the league last year according to Pro Fottball Focus. Which one of those two deals looks better?

  29. stunzeed5 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:07 AM

    That’s a lot of scratch for a turnstile.

  30. stunzeed5 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:08 AM

    Leonard Davis 2.0; but half the skills. What a joke this team is. Sigh.

  31. rebeljpl says: Jul 27, 2011 8:40 AM

    I find it funny how a bunch of Cowboys haters are belittling thus signing now but yesterday evening they were the same ones who were saying that they hoped he left Dallas because it would leave the line in a weak state. Whatever haters, deal with it. Jerry isn’t the greatest GM or anywhere close but, he will make the moves to get what he wants. Nobody figured the Cowboys would get under the cap in the first day but they did. And Jerry isn’t done spending, not by a long shot…

  32. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 9:00 AM

    Free went up against Mario Williams, Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, Julius Peppers and Brian Orakpo (twice) last year and gave up six tackles and one sack collectively.

  33. dvdxtreme says: Jul 27, 2011 9:08 AM

    Free went up against Mario Williams, Jared Allen, Dwight Freeney, Julius Peppers and Brian Orakpo (twice) last year and gave up six tackles and one sack collectively.
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    Very impressive… But what I remember the most about Free was running 50 yards down the field to make a block on an Eagles defender to free up Felix Jones for a TD.

    But $8M per year for an above avg tackle is not overpaying is market value.

  34. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 9:08 AM

    That’s a lot of scratch for a turnstile.

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    Brian Orakpo and his 4 tackles in two games disagrees. On the other hand, after DWare chalked up 12 tackles and 3 sacks against Trent Williams, he said that the highly-paid youngster was downright accommodating.

  35. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 9:09 AM

    I find it funny how a bunch of Cowboys haters are belittling thus signing now but yesterday evening they were the same ones who were saying that they hoped he left Dallas because it would leave the line in a weak state. Whatever haters, deal with it.

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    Yeah, PFT should only let people that are 18 or older post here.

  36. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 9:11 AM

    Tampa is in the market for a good RT. But won’t overpay.

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    Reports of a “bidding war” apparently were highly exagerrated.

  37. tumtum1288 says: Jul 27, 2011 9:19 AM

    Melonnhead said it all. He’s a LT so he’s gonna get paid a lot seeing as next to QB thats one of the most important positions. It’s averaging 8 million a season but most likely is back loaded which will end up being changed through a most likely extension if he continues to get better. And the reason the cowboys are over is not cause of stupid contracts its cause the cap went down for the first time ever. it was 129 million in 2009 so when contracts were made they were designed to fit into a normally growing cap. Assuming that it’d grow buy two to three million each season we wouldn’t be over like we are this season. Stop talking about things that you only know part of.

  38. melonnhead says: Jul 27, 2011 9:31 AM

    Smith didn’t play LT at USC because of Ryan Khalil’s lil bro.

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    Tyron Smith started out at USC as a LT behind Charles Brown. Rather than let such a talent sit on the bench, Pete Carroll moved Smith to RT. Do your own homework.

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