Examining The Dallas Cowboys Roster (Part One)

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December 30, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) lines up against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

– Tyron Smith, 22, signed through 2014
– Nate Livings, 30, signed through 2016
– Jeremy Parnell, 26, signed through 2014
– Ryan Cook, 29, signed through 2014
– Ronald Leary, 23, signed through 2014
– Darrion Weems, 24, signed through 2014
– Doug Free, 29, signed through 2016
– Mackensy Bernadeau, 27, signed through 2015
– Kevin Kowalksi, 24, signed through 2013
– David Arkin, 25, signed through 2014
– Ray Dominguez, 24, signed through 2014
– Charley Hughlett, 22, signed through 2014

Smith is the future of the line. There is no doubt of that. Livings is more than serviceable as long as he doesn’t have to be your best or second best lineman, which he clearly was in 2012. Costa essentially missed the entire year with injuries and should be brought back, solely for competition purposes along with Bernadeau, Cook and Kowalski. Parnell took a step forward this year… or at least didn’t take a huge step back like Free did. Dockery has probably seen better days while Arkin never did see such days. Both are expendable. It would be nice to see Weems and Leary make a leap in 2013. Dominguez might surprise and Hughlett is purely a project.

– Phil Costa, 25, restricted free agent
– L.P. Ladouceur, 31, unrestricted free agent
– Derrick Dockery, 32, unrestricted free agent

I know it was only one game but Costa’s presence versus Baltimore was worth noting. I really believe giving him another chance on possibly a one year, $700k deal to fight for the starting job would be the most prudent choice. Unless the Cowboys think they have a solid option on the roster to perform the long snapping duties, Ladouceur should be brought back with a similar, but slightly less lucrative type of contract as he previously had (5 yrs/$4.25 million). At age 32, Dockery was used as a spot starter. With the extremely high likelihood that Dallas uses both a draft pick as well as some free agent money to improve the line, Dockery is certainly expendable.

Position Strength: Weak

Checkout the defensive line on the next page…

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