Brian Waters has been in this situation before, and before he decided he didn't want to play football anymore before eventually deciding to return and signing with the Dallas Cowboys after the grind of the 2013 training camp was over.
Waters, who turned 37 on Tuesday, was a valuable part of the Cowboys' offensive line until he suffered a season-ending torn triceps in the Cowboys' loss to Detroit. He helped solidify the offensive line, bringing a veteran presence and a nasty demeanor, that made the line of the team's strengths after it had been a glaring weakness for far too long.
Waters still hasn't had surgery to repair his torn triceps, and the former North Texas standout hasn't decided if he will return to the NFL or not in 2014 — surgery or no surgery. Waters played under a one-year deal in 2013 for $1.5 million plus incentives, and a similar deal could be a win for the Cowboys. It would not only provide a solid guard in the starting lineup, but it would also give the Cowboys' young, emerging stars Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick another year of learning under Waters' wing.
So if Waters wants to play another year, and there's certainly no guarantee he will, the Cowboys should oblige as long as the price is reasonable.