DALLAS - 2006: Cory Procter #71 of the Dallas Cowboys poses for his 2006 NFL headshot at photo day in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Getty Images)
Procter spent the past three seasons as the team's backup center behind Pro Bowler Andre Gurode, but saw limited live action at the position. He did play a substantial bit at guard in 2008, when Kyle Kosier went down with a foot injury, opening the door for a not-so-successful platoon of Procter and Montrae Holland.
Holland, along with second-year lineman Travis Bright and undrafted free agent Phil Costa, are now the likely candidates to fill the void at backup center left by Procter.
A University of Montana product, Procter was signed by the Detroit Lions as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He didn't make his NFL debut, however, until 2007, the season in which he joined the Cowboys.
Procter had signed his 2010 tender offer, worth $1.759 million. The deal was not guaranteed though, and the team was reportedly shopping Procter, but found no suitors; as seems to be the case here, this usually serves as the harbinger of a release.
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