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Doug Free | Tackle | #68

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/6/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 318
College: Northern Illinois
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 4 (122) / DAL
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Doug Free announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons.
This comes only a week after coach Jason Garrett insisted Free would be back for another season. The 33-year-old was a fixture in Dallas for the past decade, starting every game he played since 2010. Perhaps the Cowboys would have approached free agency differently if they knew Free was going to hang up his cleats. Certainly they would have made a more concerted effort to re-sign Ronald Leary, who just put pen to paper on a long-term deal with Denver. The Cowboys' line is still one of the league's strongest, but Free's absence will be felt. Mar 11 - 1:44 PM

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he does not "anticipate" RT Doug Free will retire.

"I do not know of any talk of retirement," Garrett said. Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas reported Wednesday the 33-year-old tackle was considering walking away. That might very well be true, but Free apparently has not given Garrett any indication he plans to move on. If Free hangs up his cleats, the Cowboys will have to adjust their offseason plans along the line.
Mar 1 - 6:31 PM

Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan in Dallas reports Cowboys RT Doug Free is considering retirement.

33-year-old Free is coming off a sub-par 2016 and has undergone foot surgery in each of the last two offseasons. Were Free to hang 'em up, the Cowboys might re-prioritize re-signing free agent LG Ronald Leary and kick La'El Collins to right tackle. Another in-house option would be to replace Free with Chaz Green.
Mar 1 - 10:53 AM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett wouldn't give a timetable for RT Doug Free's return from foot surgery but said he doesn't "anticipate him missing very much time."

"We think he’s going to be healthy as we go here," said Garrett. Free also underwent foot surgery last offseason. He went on to start all 16 games for the Cowboys. The nine-year veteran should be ready in time for training camp.
Wed, Mar 23, 2016 07:15:00 PM

Cowboys RT Doug Free underwent offseason foot surgery, but is full-go for training camp.

Including Dallas' playoff run, Free's foot cost him seven games last season. The nature of his operation is unclear. Before last year, Free had appeared in every Cowboys game since 2009. He's come on as one of the NFL's better right tackles.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 02:21:00 PM

Cowboys re-signed RT Doug Free to a three-year, $15 million contract.

The deal includes $6 million in guaranteed money. Keeping Free was high on the Cowboys' wish list this offseason. One of the top right tackles in the league the last two seasons, Free is also a leader in the locker room. The deal ensures the Cowboys' league-best offensive line will remain intact for at least one more season. With Free signed, free agent Jermey Parnell will likely be allowed to walk.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 10:42:00 AM

The Cowboys are reportedly "closing in" on a multi-year deal with RT Doug Free.

This year's free agent offensive tackle class is woefully thin, so removing Free from the mix could set up Bryan Bulaga for a monster deal. Free has been highly inconsistent throughout his career, but is coming off back-to-back strong seasons. We suspect the Cowboys will pay him over $5 million annually.
Sat, Mar 7, 2015 12:02:00 AM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer views impending free-agent RT Doug Free as a "must-keep."

Archer called Free the "leader of the room" and believes he is "better than people think." Cowboys VP Stephen Jones has made it clear the team wants to keep one of Free and impending free-agent RT Jermey Parnell on the roster for 2015. Parnell will likely be the cheaper option, and that could be important for a team looking to re-sign both Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray. Both Free and Parnell were above-average players in 2014.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Jan 24, 2015 01:32:00 PM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said the team hopes to keep one of free agent tackles Doug Free and Jermey Parnell.

Free opened the season as the starting right tackle and performed very well before going down with a foot injury. Parnell stepped in and the Cowboys' dominant offensive line stayed strong, even when Free aggravated the injury in Week 15. We've ranked Free as our No. 3 free agent tackle and Parnell at No. 9.
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 11:17:00 AM

Cowboys declared RT Doug Free, QB Dustin Vaughan, OL Donald Hawkins, LB Keith Smith, LB James Anderson, DE Ken Boatright, and DT Terrell McClain inactive for Week 19 against the Packers.

Free has a foot injury. Jermey Parnell will make another start at right tackle. WLB Anthony Hitchens (ankle), MLB Rolando McClain (concussion) and RE Jeremy Mincey (concussion) are all active for the Divisional Round.
Sun, Jan 11, 2015 11:52:00 AM

Cowboys declared RT Doug Free inactive for the Wild Card Round against the Lions.

It's Free's third-straight absence. He'll be highly questionable for a potential Divisional Round appearance. Jermey Parnell is again starting opposite Tyron Smith. Also inactive for the Cowboys are QB Dustin Vaughan, S Jakar Hamilton, LB Keith Smith, LB James Anderson, OT Donald Hawkins and DE Kenneth Boatright.
Sun, Jan 4, 2015 03:18:00 PM

Cowboys RT Doug Free (foot) is listed as doubtful for the Wild Card Round.

Free will miss his third straight game. He didn't practice all week, but it's possible he could return for the Divisional Round if Dallas advances. Jeremy Parnell will continue to start opposite Tyron Smith.
Fri, Jan 2, 2015 05:01:00 PM

Cowboys RT Doug Free (foot) is not practicing Wednesday.

Free hasn't played since going down against the Eagles in Week 15. His status for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Lions is unknown. Free's status isn't overly concerning for the Cowboys as backup Jeremy Parnell has handled himself very well in five starts this season.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Wed, Dec 31, 2014 01:32:00 PM

Cowboys RT Doug Free (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Week 16.

Free has not practiced all week and is unlikely to play. Jeremy Parnell will make another start at right tackle.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 12:19:00 PM

Cowboys declared RT Doug Free, DE Jack Crawford, QB Dustin Vaughan, S Jakar Hamilton, DT Davon Coleman, LB Keith Smith, and OT Donald Hawkins inactive for Monday night's Week 8 game against the Redskins.

Jermey Parnell will make another start at right tackle in place of Free (foot).
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 07:22:00 PM

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