It was all but assumed, by fans anyway, that underachieving right tackle Doug Free would be cut this offseason. Free is set to enter the third year of a four-year, $32 million deal, given to him on the back of an impressive 2010 campaign--big numbers for the level of play seen out of Free since.
Add to the equation the Cowboys’ considerable cap concerns, and it’s understandable that such a great number of fans thought the Cowboys’ season-ending loss to the Redskins would be Free’s last game with Dallas.
But according to a report by ESPN Dallas this week, Free’s spot with the team is safe, at least for now.
Free could become expendable if the team drafts a tackle, but for now, it seems they think he is the best option opposite Tyron Smith. That said, Dallas would save $7 million against the cap is he is designated a post-June 1 cut, which is nothing to sneeze at considering that the team is currently just $175,000 under and all but handcuffed where free agency is concerned.