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Doug Free | Tackle

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/6/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 325
College: Northern Illinois
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The Cowboys have entertained the idea of moving RT Doug Free inside to guard.
It's not the first we've heard of this. The Cowboys don't seem to be sold on RG Mackenzy Bernadeau and could select a right tackle in May's draft. Free is coming off an outstanding season after a dismal 2013. He played right guard all last preseason. Owner Jerry Jones was gushing over Free most of last summer. Mar 30 - 10:56 AM

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Cowboys RT Doug Free is expected to be back in Dallas in 2014.

The Cowboys took a chance on Free in 2013 and it paid off, as he turned his career around as an invaluable pass protector opposite LT Tyron Smith. Owed an affordable $3.5 million base salary, Free should return as a locked-in starter. The Cowboys' offensive line is in relatively good shape heading to 2014.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 16 - 12:28 PM

Cowboys RT Doug Free underwent a "cleanout" ankle procedure following the season.

He's expected to be 100 percent before the offseason program. Free bounced back in a major way from an awful 2012 this season, nearly cutting his penalties in half (15-8) and improving tremendously as a pass blocker. Owed $3.5 million in 2014, Free is very likely to return as Dallas' starting right tackle.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 13 - 1:26 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones raved about Doug Free's performance at right guard in Saturday's regular season dress rehearsal.

Jones believes Free was "nothing short of amazing" as he squared off with Bengals DT Geno Atkins. "He was quick with his hands, that was a real plus. … It was impressive. I don’t want to get too far over our skis here, but it looked good." Jer is impressed by most everything Cowboys related these days, but it's safe to say Free will be sticking at guard for good.
Tue, Aug 27, 2013 08:44:00 PM

Coach Jason Garrett indicated that Doug Free may stay at right guard permanently.

Per Garrett, the Cowboys had been thinking about kicking Free inside for months. They finally did it once RT Jermey Parnell (hamstring) returned to practice last week. Free started the regular season dress rehearsal at right guard, and Pro Football Focus gave him a solid pass-protection grade. Once everyone is healthy, the Cowboys appear to want a front five of LT Tyron Smith, LG Ronald Leary, C Travis Frederick, RG Free, and RT Parnell. That'd still be one of the weaker units in the league.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 06:25:00 PM

Cowboys OT Doug Free took snaps at right guard Wednesday.

Usual RG Mackenzy Bernadeau slid over to the left, where Nate Livings and Ronald Leary are both recovering from surgery. "With the injury situations we have had up front, we are just looking at different combinations," coach Jason Garrett said. That may be the case, but it's also an indication Jeremy Parnell is winning the "battle" at right tackle.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 07:23:00 PM

Doug Free and Jermey Parnell are splitting time at right tackle in Cowboys OTAs.

It's what the Cowboys did down the stretch last season, and it will likely continue through training camp. OC Bill Callahan believes Free hasn't let his pay-cut become a distraction. "I’m really proud of the way Doug has handled everything that has transpired in the offseason," Callahan said. "He’s been very positive." Free should have a slight edge over Parnell, who failed to run with the job when given the opportunity in 2012.
Tue, May 21, 2013 08:07:00 PM

Cowboys RT Doug Free has agreed to a $3.5 million pay cut and will remain with the team.

Free originally had four years left on his contract, but ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer reports the 29-year-old has agreed to a new two-year deal. Free was vastly overpaid at $8 million annually. Even getting $3.5 million to stay should be counted as a win for Free, considering how terrible he was last season. He'll face competition from Jermey Parnell for the starting right tackle job, and this would seem to rule out an Eric Winston signing in Dallas.
Thu, May 16, 2013 03:40:00 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram expects the impasse between the Cowboys and RT Doug Free to be resolved by Tuesday.

The Cowboys have asked Free to accept roughly a $4 million pay cut from his scheduled $7 million salary, and the 29-year-old has yet to agree. OTAs start on Tuesday, and the Cowboys can't risk Free injuring himself. Free would be wise to accept, as it would be hard for him to find $3 million on the open market.
Thu, May 16, 2013 02:44:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are "playing hardball" with RT Doug Free, and still requesting a "substantial" pay cut.

Per Rapoport, the Cowboys are "trying to draw it out" because they believe "time (is) on their side." That's true, but the Cowboys lost leverage when the Dolphins signed Tyson Clabo. Free — who is due $7 million — appears more than content to wait, otherwise he would have caved months ago. If the Cowboys are asking Free to take a $5-$6 million cut, he may just gamble he could get more on the open market, even though tackle-needy teams are drying up.
Tue, May 7, 2013 07:46:00 PM

After Tyson Clabo's signing in Miami, the Cowboys are likely to keep RT Doug Free.

At least that's what beat writer Calvin Watkins believes. The Cowboys were very interested in Clabo, but they didn't pursue him hard because they wanted to see what Free would do in regards to his salary. Free is due $7 million in 2013, but the Cowboys are demanding him to take a pay cut. Even if he ends up staying in Dallas, Free is going to face competition for the right tackle job. The Cowboys aren't as interested in free agent RT Eric Winston as they were with Clabo.
Sun, May 5, 2013 03:07:00 PM

According to ESPN Dallas, the Cowboys will release RT Doug Free with a post-June 1 designation if he does not accept a pay cut before then.

Per beat writer Tim McMahon, the Cowboys have an offer on the table and "hope he accepts it." If not, they'll cut Free and sign a free agent replacement, preferably Tyson Clabo. It's unclear what owner/GM Jerry Jones is waiting for; Clabo would be a sizable upgrade on Free and probably cost the same amount as the pay-cut proposal, if not less. With age, Jones has become less and less willing to admit past mistakes. He blundered by signing Free to a four-year, $32 million in 2011, and can't bring himself to part with the player.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Fri, May 3, 2013 03:54:00 PM

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones said Doug Free's status with the team will be determined after the draft.

Free is due $7M this season and closed out 2012 as a part-time right tackle. The two sides haven't come to an agreement on a pay cut yet. "If you draft a tackle, how does that impact a player like Doug, whether or not you move him around? I'm sure he's looking at it there as well," Jones said. The Cowboys have all the leverage here as free agents Eric Winston and Tyson Clabo as well as draft picks are all in play.
Tue, Apr 23, 2013 11:35:00 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder believes the Cowboys' interest in free agent RT Eric Winston may just be a leverage ploy to force RT Doug Free into a pay-cut.

There's been suspicion that Dallas' "interest" in Winston is agent-driven, but it could be the Cowboys are using Winston instead of vice-versa. Free is going to have to cut his $7 million salary regardless, it's just a matter of by how much. If the threat of an outside replacement doesn't compel Free to fall in line with the Cowboys' demands, he'll likely be cut loose.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 02:39:00 PM

The Cowboys are reportedly asking RT Doug Free to take a pay cut so they can sign free agent Eric Winston.

It's an awkward situation for Free. After getting demoted from left tackle to right tackle to part-time player, he knows he can't be back with the Cowboys at his scheduled salary of $7M. But if he accepts the restructure, he'll almost certainly lose his starting job to Winston. The decision will likely come down to how much Free thinks he can garner on the open market. Based on the current climate for right tackles, we wouldn't suspect he'd get anything more than a weak one-year deal.
Tue, Apr 9, 2013 12:23:00 PM

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