Everyone in Dallas seems to know that underachieving right tackle Doug Free is an expensive piece, particularly considering his play through most of the 2012 season. But how expensive is he?
Well, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, Free’s cap number in 2013 will be $10.02 million--the fourth highest figure on the team. If the Cowboys hold onto Free into the 2014 season, that number grows to $11.020 million, or the second-highest cap number for anyone at that position.
That’s a hefty price tag for a man who, during the home stretch last year, was reduced to splitting time with Jermey Parnell. But the market being what it is, Dallas has said there’s a good chance they’ll stick with Free, bloated cap number and all.
"[Free’s] skill is left tackle, as far as a lot of his value is concerned," owner Jerry Jones said recently. "I could see us staying with him at his (salary cap) number. It’s not impossible, but I could see us staying at his number and sitting there with him or Parnell penciled in as the swing with Smith at left tackle and then going on out from there with the rest of the offensive line."
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