ESPN's Matt Mosley posted an interesting piece earlier in the week on the future of Dallas Cowboys' left tackle Flozell Adams, or perhaps more accurately, the potential lack thereof. According the Mosley, several team officials have indicated that shoring up the offensive line through the draft is the highest goal of the off-season; this isn't all that surprising, really.
What is surprising: Mosley indicates that several figures close to the team believe Adams could be replaced by Doug Free as early as the 2010 season. Free, of course, flourished in his first opportunity to start last season, when right tackle Marc Colombo went down with a leg injury in week 10 at Green Bay.
Jerry Jones himself lauded Free, and the Northern Illinois product won a score of fans around town by beating Felix Jones down the field on a touchdown run late in the season. More importantly, in the seven games he played, Free earned the trust of his teammates, including Tony Romo.
With Adams' play declining steadily over the past few years, many believe Free to be the future at left tackle. Robert Brewster, who spent his rookie season on injured reserve, projects as a right tackle. Jones said recently that Free starting in Adams's stead is a possibility, as the left tackle position suits his strengths.
"I say that [it's possible] because if you look at his pluses and what he does the best, it's more left tackle-ish than it is right tackle-ish, which is good feet, runs good, moves good," Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. "And you want everybody to be an anchor, but you don't do it as much over there as you do on the right."
Of course, Jones failed to mention any timetable for the potential shift. As Mosley concludes, though, "this transition could take place a lot sooner than most folks think."
Like, for example, later this year.