Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Clay Harbor (86) runs with guard Uche Nwaneri, left, as Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (24) pursues during the second quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Minicamps are over. But the Cowboys’ search to upgrade its roster never ends.
Late Tuesday they added veteran depth to the offensive line, signing former Jacksonville Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder was a 5th-round pick of the Jags in 2007 and has since started 94 games. Nwaneri won’t likely push 1st-round pick Zack Martin, but he will be in the mix along with Mackenzy Bernadeau and Ron Leary. In 2009 he allowed only half-a-sack and was not penalized during the entire season.
The Jaguars released him in March.
What Nwaneri – who played at Garland’s Naaman Forest High School and then Purdue – will mostly do is give the Cowboys security in knowing that, if they suffer an injury along the interior line, they won’t have to scramble to sign someone like Brian Waters off the retirement couch.
Entering training camp the Cowboys’ offensive line starters are Tyron Smith (LT), Mackenzy Bernadeau (LG), Travis Frederick (C), Zack Martin (RG) and Doug Free (RT).
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.