Last night, despite reports that the Cowboys were in an expensive “dog-fight” to maintain the services of Doug Free, the ‘Boys locked up the emerging tackle to a very reasonable 4 year, $32 million dollar contract with $17 million guaranteed. All the worrying was a waste of energy. We should’ve known Jerra would get it done. He rarely loses one of his own.
The price tag on Free was far lower than expected. If they had put the franchise tag on him, it would’ve cost them around $10 million this year. Obviously, the average on this current deal is lower than that. Not to mention, four years is not an over-sized commitment. In NFL terms, Free is a young twenty-seven. He doesn’t have a lot of wear and tear, so the Cowboys should be getting four prime seasons from him.
It only took one day for the Cowboys to lock-up their top priority. Not only that, but they cleared a ton of cap space by cutting Roy Williams, Leonard Davis, and Marion Barber. Things are going according to plan and it’s safe to expect a few more big additions in the next week.
The player this affects the most is Marc Colombo. Colombo has been told that he won’t be with the Cowboys under his current deal if they re-signed Free, but it sounds like they would like to keep him for depth. Expect him to be back under a new deal.