According to Jerry, the Cowboys are not looking for another guard. Considering their situation, that’s pretty inexplicable and might end up being an enormous mistake.
While many are freaking out over the problems caused by Terence Newman’s injury, the ‘Boys might be even more thin at another spot — right guard. With the release of Leonard Davis, they put their faith in Montrae Holland. Unfortunately, Holland should probably never be anything more than a backup. Arguably, he is their biggest weakness heading into the season and needs to have a good camp as much as anyone on the team. So, the news that he is missing practice because of a back issue is extremely disconcerting.
With Andre Gurode’s health also looking questionable, right guard becomes that much more important. It’s never a good idea to leave your offense vulnerable up the middle, and, if Phil Costa is having to play center, it would be wise to bookend him with a couple of veteran guards. Not to mention, right tackle will be a rookie, making it almost unconscionable for the Cowboys to start another rookie, David Arkin, right next to him. With that in mind, perhaps it’s time for the Cowboys to do something they’ve should’ve done a week ago — sign another guard. They don’t need to make any long term commitments, but they do need a one year bridge to buy time for Arkin.
The first player that comes to mind is the recently released Brian Waters. Kansas City surprised a lot of people when it released Waters, one of the all time great players in franchise history. However, many experts point to Waters’ age (34) and a decline in productivity in support of the move. Indeed, Waters is well past his prime, but he still has something left and would almost certainly be an upgrade over Montrae Holland.
If the Cowboys decide that Waters isn’t worth the money, they need to turn back to a familiar face. To be honest, I have no feel if the Cowboys would even be interested, but Leonard Davis might be the best guard left on the market. At this point, they can probably get him at a discounted price and for just one year. Plus, he knows the system. Clearly, Davis is a flawed player, but he has reportedly lost some weight. Right now, bringing him back just makes sense.
The concerns over the Cowboys’ defense are probably justified. Granted, I think they’ll be much improved, but they were one of the worst in the league last year. So, I can see that point of concern. However, this offense has the chance to be very, very good. It would be a shame if they let that fall apart because they sat on their hands when they had a chance to pick up a decent option. The Cowboys need to make a move at the guard position immediately.
Other free agent guards:
- Derrick Dockery, Redskins — Mike Shanahan had no time for Dockery.
- Rich Seubert, Giants — Seubert is somewhat intriguing because he can play guard and center.
- Mike Pollack, Colts — Apparently, he’s a bad run blocker.
- Trai Essex, Steelers
- Doug Legursky, Steelers
- Will Montgomery, Redskins
- Chester Pitts, Seahawks