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Cowboys asking Doug Free to take a paycut

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The Dallas Cowboys have asked right tackle Doug Free to take a pay cut and are apparently more than willing to wait it out to get what they want.

According to Ian Rapaport of the NFL Network, the Cowboys are asking Free to take a “sizable” pay cut in excess of $2 million. The Cowboys are willing to wait it out knowing the longer the process drags out, fewer teams will be suitors for Free should he ultimately be released.

It’s still a bit of a gamble for the Cowboys but one they are apparently willing to make. If they wait and Free refuses to take the reduction in pay, the Cowboys will be forced to either pay him his full salary or release him without a proven option to turn to. Jermey Parnell would likely be next in line but has limited experience in four seasons.

Dallas could try to hedge their options by signing another free agent such as Eric Winston or Winston Justice in case Free won’t submit to the pay cut. However, a lack of cap space could complicate that option for the Cowboys. It still seems to make sense for both sides to find a scenario both can live with. It may just take a while for the parties to finally agree upon what exactly that is.

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23 Responses to “Cowboys asking Doug Free to take a paycut”
  1. Christian says: May 8, 2013 6:19 AM

    “Dallas could try to hedge their options by signing another free agent such as Eric Winston or Winston Justice…”

    And don’t forget about Eric Justice or Winston Winston. I’m sure they exist, too.

  2. bcdc26 says: May 8, 2013 6:57 AM

    This is one of the many reasons I hate Jerry Jones. Rather than just going out and getting the better player in Eric Winston or Winston Justice, Geriatric Jones would rather fiddle fart around over saving $2 million and keep Free, who is purely a liability on the line at this point. It’s like, in his mind, the only way for him to save face for having signed Free to such a ridiculous deal in the first place. Kind of like how he’s insisting on Romo putting in Peyton Manning like hours and being more devoted to game planning than he’s been after handing over 9-figures to a guy who has won less playoff games than Rex Grossman. He makes it so hard to be a fan.

  3. illlogicalvoice says: May 8, 2013 7:10 AM

    And he’s going to take a pay cut to stay on the COWBOYS???? LOL!!!! Jerrah done did lost his mind!

  4. cowpiesnotcowboys says: May 8, 2013 7:19 AM

    Dallas’ failure to draft a credible replacement gives free a lot of leverage. Dallas doesn’t have the cap space to cut him and replace him with an experienced free agent because of the huge cap hit that would result from cutting him, even after June 1. They would have to release another veteran to get enough cap space to replace them both. Free should just hold out. Dallas has little choice but to pay him given the ridiculous contract JJ gave him.

  5. nflrule says: May 8, 2013 7:23 AM

    The way this guy played just cut him and take your losses.Typical Jerry Jones signing.Player has a moderately successful year and then the G.M overspends to keep him(see Austin,Sensabaugh,Scandrick,Ratliff).

  6. cowboys5x says: May 8, 2013 7:27 AM

    Cut him this is Jerry’s fault he shoulda never gave him the money until he has proven himself. add a Cowboy fan we all know he is no good

  7. mrsryansfamoustoejam says: May 8, 2013 7:29 AM

    Well, we’d really like you to play for free this year.

    -Jerrah Jones

  8. romo4life says: May 8, 2013 7:33 AM

    Take the paycut or get cut…I’d rather him get cut. There are better and cheaper options out there.

  9. dcapettini says: May 8, 2013 7:44 AM

    Depending on the size of the pay cut, Free might have the last laugh after all. Somebody’s tackle will go down in training camp. Many teams are 1 tackle away from a panic attack. There will be plenty of work for veteran tackles in a few months.

  10. hartcarluncarlun says: May 8, 2013 7:57 AM

    Just cut this dude….tired of hearing about Dallas and Doug Free. Why is this even a story?

  11. betterandbetterthan says: May 8, 2013 8:00 AM

    But players should never hold out, right?

  12. pesh00 says: May 8, 2013 8:12 AM

    Bring in a vet to compete and the best of the 3 wins the job (including Parnell). If Free wins….Romo is going to have a turnstile on his right side.

  13. ccjcsr says: May 8, 2013 8:17 AM

    Only sensible thing to do with him

  14. thompgk says: May 8, 2013 8:32 AM

    Parnell graded out as good or better last year when he played so Dallas, in a role reversal, actually owns the upper hand in this.

  15. larrydavid7000 says: May 8, 2013 8:44 AM

    Don’t do it Doug..!!!!!!! Make the cowgirls make a counter move. stand your ground.

  16. jimpt52 says: May 8, 2013 8:48 AM

    i never see any teams asking the way overpaid qb’s to give some of there money to keep other players!

  17. vmark2013 says: May 8, 2013 10:38 AM

    Jerry is clueless!! He should’ve drafted multiple OG’s and OT’s this past draft. Our O-line is in disarray and he only drafts a center? No tackles or guards are added via the draft or Un-drafted FA’s , nor has he added any UFA!! Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is what is describe as insanity! I am sure Eric Winston and Winston Justice will be signed by other teams that have legitimate GM’s running their teams and not the moronic Jones clan!!

  18. twelsh36446 says: May 8, 2013 11:49 AM

    Go ahead Jerry gamble on him like you did with Nagy and Detroit will scoop him up like Nagy. We need a right tackle anyway. Go Jerry big head Jones.

  19. twelsh36446 says: May 8, 2013 11:52 AM

    Jerry Jones is a discrace to the NFL, and I’m surprised they haven’t made him sell the team.

  20. datschu says: May 8, 2013 1:09 PM

    He needs a five mil pay cut. Two mil would still make him a high paid lineman!!

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: May 8, 2013 5:11 PM

    Free should be asked to take a hike! Jerry would have been wise to sign Clabo (too late now) and just send Free on his way.

    Keeping Free for less money makes the Cowboys no better on the field what so ever.

    Jerry is more focused on the money issues than making the team better. Anyone really surprised?

  22. mansterfan says: May 8, 2013 10:25 PM

    Bring In Winston already, Cut Free, And Once Again Mortgage The Future For The Upcoming 9 & 7 Season

  23. watchdawg1103 says: May 8, 2013 11:30 PM

    Jerry is hopeless. Could have had a much better lineman in Clabo for half the price. He’s wasted so much money over the years on players who don’t deserve it, why worry about dead money for next year. I’ll take the dead money if signing a better player helps us make the playoffs at least.

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