The Cowboys got some veteran offensive line help this holiday weekend, signing former Redskins’ tackle Derrick Dockery to a performance incentive-laden one-year deal. Dockery will earn a base salary of a little over $800,000 in 2011, and will be able to earn an additional $750,000 or so depending on how much he plays--and though the Cowboys have named rookie Bill Nagy as the starting left guard, the University of Texas product intends on competing seriously for playing time.
"I'm coming to compete. I'm going on my ninth year," Dockery told the Cowboys’ official website recently. "I've played a fair amount of games. My expectations every year is to come in and compete and try to be a starter and help the team in any way that I can. I know one thing, when I come out here, coach is going to get my very best effort. I put my best foot forward."
Whether or not he challenges for a starting role, head coach Jason Garrett believes that Dockery’s presence will benefit to the young offensive line over the long term.
"We feel good about him. He's a good football player and has been for a while," Garrett said. "He's a big guy. He plays with some aggressiveness and some snap to him. More than anything, he's some veteran experience in the interior of the line. Our guys have played against him a lot. He's a good football player and we're happy to have him."
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