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Report: Doug Free’s spot with Cowboys safe for now

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The Cowboys’ lack of cap space has been discussed quite often this offseason and tackle Doug Free’s outsize salary cap hit has come up whenever those discussions turn toward ways to alleviate the concern.

It doesn’t look like Free or his cap hit are going anywhere, though. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that there currently aren’t any plans to release Free, who struggled so much last season that converted defensive lineman Jermey Parnell split time with him at right tackle over the final stretch of the season.

That would seem to make his $10.02 million cap hit an untenable one, especially since the Cowboys could clear $7 million right now by designating Free as a June 1 cut and spreading the hit out over the next two years. That’s what they did with defensive lineman Marcus Spears, but it apparently isn’t in the works a second time.

Per Watkins, Free’s status could change if the Cowboys land a tackle in the draft that they believe is capable of starting. Barring that, though, it looks like Free will be free in name only.

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21 Responses to “Report: Doug Free’s spot with Cowboys safe for now”
  1. jjared1101 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:16 AM

    Makes zero sense for the Boys to keep him past June 1st. Parnell played as well as Free played, and Free would save 6 million against the cap. It really isn’t that hard of a decision which means it actually is for Dallas.

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Mar 15, 2013 10:35 AM

    Doug what the hell happened to your hair? Were you in Russia when the meteor hit or did you join the order of St. Francis..

  3. djigel says: Mar 15, 2013 10:40 AM

    Sweet haircut!

  4. warewolf94 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:45 AM

    Please Jerry, axe him now. Romo will be forever grateful, Free is the worst OT in the NFL

  5. anyonebutbrady says: Mar 15, 2013 10:49 AM

    “Phew! Thank God for that!!”…said not a single Cowboys fan…

  6. awareness18 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:51 AM

    Agreed with jjared1101, Get a rookie to develop and use with Parnell and save 7M. You can spend that 7 M on another experienced vet if necessary.

  7. jam11163 says: Mar 15, 2013 10:51 AM

    thats jerry being jerry. no room to get the team better, when every team in the east is getting better.

  8. austinoxford says: Mar 15, 2013 10:53 AM

    Free’s contract pays him $7 million this year. Unless I’m mistaken, if we release him, we will take an $8.3 million dollar cap hit, which, for 2013, would be a $2+ million dollars off of this year’s cap number. Might as well keep him on and see if he can play guard. God knows he cant play tackle. The only tackle he played was when a DE got passed him and he would tackle him to the ground.

  9. randyextry says: Mar 15, 2013 10:56 AM

    he kinda looks like Ben Affleck

  10. metalup666 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:04 AM

    He will be gone before June 1st, mark my words!

  11. thejimius says: Mar 15, 2013 11:05 AM

    The only thing I can think of is that they may be trying to ride out his contract for one more year in order to reduce the amount of dead money in future years; they did restructure a lot of contracts, and I forsee salary cap problems in this franchise’s future.

    If they can do it, and he plays up to his contract next year, great. If not (the more likely scenario), than at least they will have more cap space in the future by waiting a year.

    Either that or they don’t know what they’re doing.

  12. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 15, 2013 11:06 AM

    the redskins will never win the super bowl 21st century #thefootballgods

  13. footballhistorian says: Mar 15, 2013 11:06 AM

    You could sum up all of Jones’ personnel management acumen with this scenario…overpaying an underperformer and getting the team in a position where they can’t do anything about it without suffering longer term punishment…yep – that’s GM Jerruh

  14. farvamann17 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:11 AM

    I’m flabbergasted by the move to keep Free. I feel sorry for Romo if he’s starting at right tackle next season. I watched all 16 games of the Cowboys last season and every game Free did something wrong. Missed assignment, got beat off the line, giving them a “Free” shot on Romo, and the most penalized player in the league. This worthless bum isn’t worth the money we’re paying him. He’s fat and slow and won’t help our line. Let’s save 7 million, draft a tackle(Warmack) and cut his pathetic ass.

  15. h2ftw says: Mar 15, 2013 11:31 AM

    Jethro the GM shouldn’t have been stupid enough to sign him to that ridiculous contract to begin with. That dumb deal is wasted cap space — as was the asinine contract of Sensabaugh (who they finally got rid of) and the contract of Scandrick (before it got recently restructured).

    Jethro the GM was the Master of Wasted Cap Space w/those three deals alone.

    Here’s hoping he’s learned from his mistakes — and hoping he axes Free come June 1st.

  16. austinoxford says: Mar 15, 2013 11:41 AM

    farvamann17 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:11 AM

    I’m flabbergasted by the move to keep Free. I feel sorry for Romo if he’s starting at right tackle next season. I watched all 16 games of the Cowboys last season and every game Free did something wrong. Missed assignment, got beat off the line, giving them a “Free” shot on Romo, and the most penalized player in the league. This worthless bum isn’t worth the money we’re paying him. He’s fat and slow and won’t help our line. Let’s save 7 million, draft a tackle(Warmack) and cut his pathetic ass.

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    Warmack plays guard and will be off the board at #18. Top 3 tackles will also be gone at 18. We may be in the market for Cooper out of NC or the mountain-of-a-man Fluker. Otherwise be resigned to the fact that we are going defense again in round 1.

  17. im2fast4you123 says: Mar 15, 2013 11:49 AM

    Cowboys are the wost team in the nfl. They have the most over paid players the worst coaches and jerry has no idea how to run a football team oh and the fans are fareweather fans. Cowboys on the bottom of the nfc east for the next decade

  18. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 15, 2013 12:04 PM

    Cowboy fans just placed on suicide watch with that news. Free was highly penalized and struggled at RT last season.

    Their only hope may be to draft Fluker of Alabama in the first. He could manage right tackle and Free can be shown the door.

  19. thejimius says: Mar 15, 2013 12:34 PM

    I am flabbergasted at people that say the Cowboys are the worst team in the NFL. They are a perennial middle of the pack team these days, yes, but to say they are the worst franchise in the NFL just reeks of hatorade.

  20. speedlimit41 says: Mar 15, 2013 4:11 PM

    Are the Cowboys gonna sign any free agents?

  21. greatestgamensports says: Mar 15, 2013 7:47 PM

    This bum should have been shown the door awhile ago! But gotta love all the haters that always troll through cowboys media ignorance is bliss

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