On of the reasons that the Cowboys signed guard Brian Waters on Wednesday was because Nate Livings needed knee surgery this summer that led the team to place him on injured reserve when cutting down the roster.
Livings signed a five-year deal with the Cowboys before last season, so the thought was that his future with the team would be decided after the end of the season. That’s not going to be the case, however.
The Cowboys announced that they have reached an injury settlement with Livings and released him from injured reserve. Livings is now free to sign with any team that might want to have him, although he’ll need to prove his knee is sound before he winds up resuming his career.
Whoever signs him will likely wind up getting a better deal than the Cowboys, who guaranteed Livings $6.2 million over the life of his deal and wound up getting 16 games from Livings in return. They’ll also have to hold some dead money from the deal on their cap next season.
Ron Leary is set at left guard with Waters expected to take over at right guard when he’s up to speed.