DENVER - AUGUST 16: Tackle Pat McQuistan #77 of the Dallas Cowboys tries to hold off the rush of Nic Clemons #93 and Paul Carrington #95 of the Denver Broncos during preseason NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on August 16, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 23-13. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Back-up tackle Pat McQuistan signed his tender offer Wednesday, worth $1.176 million, to bring him back for the 2010 season.
McQuistan has seen action in 40 games, but never started one for the Cowboys since being selected in the seventh round of the 2007 draft out of Weber State (Utah). His greatest asset is (probably) his versatility; McQuistan can play both tackle spots as well as guard, if needed.
This versatility also made him an obvious choice for swing tackle--a lineman who serves as the primary back-up to both tackle spots--last season, when right tackle Marc Colombo went down with a leg injury in week 10 at Green Bay. He played in seven games in that role last year, behind Doug Free and Flozell Adams.
As Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News tells us, McQuistan rose, temporarily it would seem, on the depth chart since the release of Flozell Adams; as did Robert Brewster, who missed his entire rookie season with a torn pectoral.
McQuistan is the third Cowboy to sign his tender, joining Marcus Spears and Cory Procter.