Ronald Leary signs RFA tender with Cowboys

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The window for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets with other teams closed last week, leaving their options for the 2016 season limited to signing their tender offers or sitting out.

Cowboys guard Ronald Leary has chosen the first of those options. Rob Phillips of the Cowboys website passes along that Leary signed his tender, which comes with a salary of $2.553 million after he was tendered at the second round level.

Leary was a starter for the Cowboys in 2013 and 2014, but made just four starts and moved into a backup role as La’el Collins climbed the depth chart as a rookie during the 2015 season.

By signing the tender, Leary sets himself up to be a top reserve on the Dallas line again. It also makes a trade possible should another team think Leary would make a good fit on their offensive line, although there’s been no public reports of interest from the Cowboys in dealing him.