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Doug Free retiring, another hit for Cowboys offensive line

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An offensive line that is among the best in the league suddenly has to worry about its depth.

According to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Cowboys right tackle Doug Free has told the team he intends to retire.

The 33-year-old Free has started every game since 2010, and took over the right tackle job in 2012. While he might have been the weakest link on that line, that’s also not that much of a slight considering how talented they are.

Coupled with the free agency loss of Ronald Leary to the Broncos, the Cowboys are going to have to adjust.

They can use La’El Collins at either left guard or right tackle (but not both, he’s not that good), and might need to rely on 2015 third-rounder Chaz Green more heavily. Green has struggled through injuries so far in his first two seasons.

The Cowboys still have plenty of talent up front, but losing a dependable part such as Free is still something they’ll have to deal with.

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29 Responses to “Doug Free retiring, another hit for Cowboys offensive line”
  1. doubleb31 says: Mar 11, 2017 1:53 PM

    He was the leader in the O-line room, but lets be real, he was the weakest out of the five (six if you include Collins).

  2. pardonmyjake says: Mar 11, 2017 1:55 PM

    watch ezekill elliot run for only like 900 yards this season. as someone who played 3 years of high school football as the scout team full back there is nothing more important then the offense of line

  3. stoneydog1000 says: Mar 11, 2017 1:57 PM

    Go get Andre Smith for RT.

  4. cosmicredneck81 says: Mar 11, 2017 1:58 PM

    Wow what a hit to our line free and Leary we’re both really good gonna b hard to replace

  5. MichaelEdits says: Mar 11, 2017 2:00 PM

    Doug Free at last!

  6. MichaelEdits says: Mar 11, 2017 2:01 PM

    Doug Free to do what I please
    Doug Free to ride the breeze
    Doug Free I can’t stay
    I got to got to got to get away right now

  7. txmidnite says: Mar 11, 2017 2:05 PM

    No great loss at all. In 2013 he agreed to have his pay cut in half rather than getting cut. Not going to miss his 305 penalty yards resulting from 22 holding penalties and 37 false start flags.

  8. slimglynn says: Mar 11, 2017 2:05 PM

    Way overdue.

  9. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 11, 2017 2:09 PM

    I guess Free gave the finger to Jerrys “do right rule” and opted to retire after they couldnt sign Leary.

  10. okk245 says: Mar 11, 2017 2:29 PM

    Easiest veteran on the team to replace, and Dallas gets younger while picking up $5 million in cap space.

  11. gmen5280 says: Mar 11, 2017 2:30 PM

    Maybe Jerry was keeping Romo in limbo incase he needed to use Tony on the Offensive Line now that Free is retiring and Leary left in free agency.

  12. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 11, 2017 2:33 PM

    Seems like Romo is getting out just in time

  13. therealjr says: Mar 11, 2017 2:39 PM

    This isn’t as out of left field as it seems and speaks volumes of how they regarded Leary.

    Also, he was an injury waiting to happen at this point. Wish him well in his next life.

  14. okk245 says: Mar 11, 2017 2:40 PM

    txmidnite says:
    Mar 11, 2017 2:05 PM
    …In 2013 he agreed to have his pay cut in half rather than getting cut.
    …………………………………………………………………………..

    Pay cut again in 2015

  15. dallasfanindc says: Mar 11, 2017 2:42 PM

    This is not a issue this was pass overdue they knew he was out of gas but wanted to play him because he was playing for cheap but he was getting Romo hurt and about to be a issue for Dak Prescott getting injured …. Do your job Stephen Jones

  16. donbat67 says: Mar 11, 2017 2:53 PM

    Thats 2 O linemen gone now ,run Dax run !

  17. sportoficionado says: Mar 11, 2017 2:59 PM

    Free gave up 7 sacks last season, two resulting in fumbles lost–No offense against Doug, he was not as good with his feet in the last couple of years, got beat on outside and inside rushes–he was a great 4th round pick, just ran out of gas.

  18. heeeeelzfan says: Mar 11, 2017 3:26 PM

    Started every game since 2010. 33-years old. Walk (literally) away now while you can. I don’t blame you. Job well done.

  19. amaf21 says: Mar 11, 2017 3:48 PM

    Good. Most overrated o-line ever.

  20. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 11, 2017 3:54 PM

    Would love to see the Cowboys line come back to the pack. Then we could see how “great” Dak Prescott really is.

  21. electricfootballlivesmfcaforum says: Mar 11, 2017 4:17 PM

    Wish him the best. There were some frustrating moments but overall, he is appreciated. His OLine mates love him.
    He will be a coach for the cowboys after a few years or retirement.

  22. ibillwt says: Mar 11, 2017 4:28 PM

    Boys will probably regress to the mean this season. Only Belichick has been able to sustain long term excellence. Amazing how he drafts about dead last every year, unloads over priced or fading proven performers, and still builds a new top-notch roster year after year. But that’s why he’s the greatest GM (and coach of course) of all time.

  23. mn2long says: Mar 11, 2017 5:05 PM

    Nick Mangold to left guard, Laell Collins to right tackle. Done

  24. stucats says: Mar 11, 2017 9:21 PM

    @amaf21
    “Good. Most overrated o-line ever.”

    really, mr amuff21, can you please explain to the audience why you feel they are the most overratd o-line ever?

    they have had the NFL rushing leader 2 out of the last 3 years…like duh!!

  25. DitkasHair says: Mar 12, 2017 10:03 AM

    Lots of ‘bad karma’ going ’round in Dallas…the Jones boys are stinkin’ up the place!!! You reap what you sow, and your stuff is doin some serious stinkin!

  26. ibdray says: Mar 12, 2017 3:04 PM

    If he was as bad as you Cowboy fans are making him out to be, then why was he a starter, and who, that couldn’t beat him out, will replace him?

  27. jerrysglassescleaner says: Mar 12, 2017 5:15 PM

    Weakest link to the line but that’s in Dallas standards. He would’ve been the best lineman on 25 other teams. Started every game for 6 years. Time to hang up them up and start recovering bud. Battling in the trenches is a tough job. We Cowboys’ nation thank you. We know you gave it your all. Good luck in your next chapter.

  28. joetoronto says: Mar 12, 2017 7:32 PM

    The Raiders now have the best O-line in the NFL.

  29. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 13, 2017 11:06 PM

    i know a guy who looks like him.

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