The Dallas Cowboys have made a trade with the Miami Dolphins for former second round pick and veteran offensive lineman Ryan Cook. Dallas gave up a seventh round draft pick in 2013 to obtain the 29 year old. Cook started 40 games for the Minnesota Vikings before joining the Dolphins last season. He also started against Dallas in Wednesday’s preseason game.
The 6’6, 325 lb.Cook is expected to back-up Phil Costa at center this season. The previous back-up center, David Arkin, struggled over the preseason. And the entire offensive line has been decimated by injuries. So much so, new offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Bill Callahan has struggled to keep a consistent starting line on the field. Due to these injuries, lack of chemistry will most likely be a big problem for the Cowboys at the beginning of the regular season.
Rumors out of Miami are saying Cook wasn’t expected to make the 53 man roster cut later today. Apparently, the Cowboys weren’t willing to take a risk that another team would claim him off waivers. The seven-year veteran hasn’t started a game since 2008. And Cook is scheduled to make $1 million this season.
Cook has played every position on the offensive line, even tackle, but he is consider purely an interior lineman. He was a second round pick for the Vikings in the 2006 NFL draft after playing his college ball at the University of New Mexico. Minnesota released him in September of 2010 during their final cuts. Miami signed him just two days later. Cook’s younger brother, Eric, currently plays for the Washington Redskins, also at center.