Contrary to a report last week, the Dallas Cowboys are still looking at free agent offensive tackle Eric Winston, at least according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.
Dallas was among the teams interested when Winston was cut by the Chiefs just a season into a four-year deal this offseason but a few weeks later, presumably due to his asking price (he wants $3-4 million a season), they reportedly dropped out of the race. Whether or not those reports were accurate, it seems they’re back in the running now.
“He’s obviously somebody that we’re taking a look at,” Jones told Elf & Slater on 105.3-FM The Fan, per the Dallas Morning News. “We certainly haven’t dismissed Doug [Free]. We really felt like when we went to rotating him and Jermey Parnell that he really picked up his game in terms of the competition, not to mention the fact that I think he got some clarity as to what [offensive line coach] Bill Callahan was after.
“I think there’s some interest and prospects there between what we have and what we could get. Obviously on the interior part of our line the same thing holds true. I think we had some injuries there. Another year under Bill and more work, and not to mention what might happen in the draft. We’ll just have to see how that goes.”
Free, the man Winston would compete with and/or replace, is due to make $7 million in 2013.
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