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Doug Free | Tackle

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/6/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 325
College: Northern Illinois
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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. Jul 30 - 2:21 PM

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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.
Mar 7 - 10:42 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.
Mar 7 - 12:02 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
Jan 24 - 1:32 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.
Jan 22 - 11:17 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.
Jan 11 - 11:52 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.
Jan 4 - 3:18 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.
Jan 2 - 5:01 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

Coach Jason Garrett suggested RT Doug Free (foot) could return in Week 9.

Free is ahead of schedule after being given a 3-4 week timetable. He won't play on Monday night, but the Cowboys expect him to resume practicing next week. If Free avoids setbacks, he'll have a chance to return after only two games.
Sat, Oct 25, 2014 06:27:00 PM

Jerry Jones confirmed that RT Doug Free (foot) will be out 3-4 weeks.

The most dominant offensive line in the NFL takes a blow. Free, who sustained a fracture in his foot during Sunday's upset at Seattle, was having an especially strong season as a run blocker. The Cowboys will now have to turn to Jermey Parnell, a former UDFA the Cowboys have been grooming for a few years. We're not downgrading DeMarco Murray in projections, but it's not ideal.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 09:44:00 AM

Cowboys RT Doug Free may miss 3-4 weeks with a foot injury.

It's the first significant injury blow to a Cowboys offense that has stayed remarkably (and luckily) healthy this season. Free has made 77 straight starts, turning his career around since an abysmal 2012 campaign. The Cowboys would turn to Jermey Parnell at right tackle if Free is forced to miss time.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 04:43:00 PM

The Cowboys are expected to keep Doug Free at right tackle this season.

No. 16 pick Zack Martin lined up at right guard during rookie minicamp and is ticketed for that job in Week 1. Free enjoyed a remarkable bounce-back year in 2013 after a dismal 2012 season, grading out 18th among 76 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' tackle ratings. Free, 30, is now entering his contract year.
Sun, May 18, 2014 02:01:00 PM

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RB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
3Robert Turbin
4Trey Williams
GLB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
3RB1Darren McFadden
2Rod Smith
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Devin Street
WR21Terrance Williams
2Lucky Whitehead
3Brice Butler
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Gavin Escobar
3James Hanna
4Geoff Swaim
LT1Tyron Smith
2Charles Brown
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Mackenzy Bernadeau
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
K1Dan Bailey