Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) puts his hand on the back of tackle Doug Free (68) during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Need To Do The Math, Cut Doug Free

Dec. 4, 2011; Glendale, AZ, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Doug Free against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

It just doesn’t add up.  It makes ZERO financial sense.  Why on God’s green earth would you pay your worst offensive player so much money? Why even toy with the idea of keeping him around?

The only thing that makes any sense is Doug discovered some information that would compromise someone who is important in the Cowboys organization. Doug Free needs to be a June 1st designated cut, plain and simple.  That one act would free up about $7 million in desperately needed cap room, yet Jerry and Stephen Jones talk about Doug like they are trying to find a place for him as if he’s a valuable asset.  If this is the Jones’ being coy or not forthcoming, they only look like fools.

Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) under pressure from Cleveland Browns defensive end Jabaal Sheard (97) as he got past Dallas Cowboys tackle Doug Free (68) at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

If they aren’t being sly, if Jerry’s not joking, then the joke is on us.  If that’s the case, the punch line is the Cowboy’s brain trust is actually weighing the options of whether to free up $7 mil from this years tight cap or put the franchise QB in harms way by keeping a very expensive swinging gate lineman that would have a hard time stopping my 100lbs nephew from getting past him.  Could they really be weighing that option?

If Jerry and Stephen are truly considering keeping Free, perhaps they should be considering a couple other things instead – Like, the offensive line can’t get anymore offensive and they’d be sending the wrong message to Tony Romo (and his agents) about how much they care about Romo’s physical well being and, there fore, his value to the Dallas Cowboys – Or what they could do with an extra $7 mil in cap space.  Jerry could enjoy the best of both worlds;  Have some $$ to operate to improve the team on the one hand, while continuing to overpay other underachieving players like WR, Miles Austin or bringing back his alma mater buddy, RB Felix Jones (wasting a roster spot) and not have to feel bad about it, on the the other.

Look, I don’t know what the heck happened to Doug Free.  I had high hopes for him as, obviously, the Dallas Cowboy’s coaching staff did.  He was a rising, improving, lineman for the Cowboys.  He was looking like a possible anchor to the rebuilding of the offensive line.  Only thing I can figure is when the coaches started moving him around in different spots on the line to see where he fit best, that moving around stunted his development and ultimately ruined him.

You look at Doug, or listen to him and he looks and acts like he should still be a force, but he’s not.  For what ever reason, he just isn’t.  In the words of a friend who’s obsessed with two things – fishing and the Dallas Cowboys:   It’s sad to watch them continue to try and fish with that bate.

If Jerry decides to keep Free, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s hung on to players to long.  He is notorious for it.  Jerry Jones is always worried when he sees potential in a player, that if he lets him go, that player will do better somewhere else and he’ll regret letting the player go.

I think all of CowboysNation, the entire fan base, any sports media or football talking heads, Tony Romo’s agents and my neighbors dog – if he could talk – would all say in one voice:  Cut  Doug  Free!

I have nothing against Doug Free, I’m sure he has been and is trying his best.  I’m also sure he will land on his feet and maybe even find success on another NFL roster.  And if he does, good for him.  Unlike Jerry Jones, I’m willing to take that chance.


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  • Michael Vu


    He should have been benched last year too. Nothing personal, I’m sure he’s a nice guy. But you can’t force your quarterback to run around like that. I’ve never, never seen a quarterback have to scramble like that.

    • billy

      no hes not a nice guy. hes a dead beat who is sick of football and wants out. he has to stay until hes cut to get his money or he would have already quit. see roy williams. hes a millionaire so why take the abuse? thats what he thinks

  • Jerry L

    I agree, this guy is a loser, as is Romo who should be cut with him. Dallas
    would be better off with a rooky quarterback than keep this wus.

  • Geof

    We have to look at the value and impact…if you rank 67th out of 80 most of the year or worse, they have a minimum wage for that. It certainly isn’t 10 million dollars. If you get 10Mil, people should fear you. Double teams should meet you when you get off the bus. Doug simply isn’t a threat to any defense.

  • jrcowboy49

    Cut Free and draft Fluker @ 18 as Cooper and Warmack will be gone.

  • billy

    artie you give doug free way, way too much credit. hes not going to catch on with another team and do much better any where else. hes finished. he has the roy williams syndrome. he got paid and hes now ready to quit football altogether. he dosent have to be a genius to figure out how much jerry is going to have to pay him under his contract and hes made the decision thats enough for life. he cant just walk away tho he has to fake it in hopes jerry will cut him and he can go on home with his sack full. just like roy did. its so easy. all it takes is a lack of integrity and being sick of playing football. it happens all the time. the trouble is that the 7mil they save this year dosent stay saved. it comes back next year. they will have to pay him and he knows it. hes begging to be cut.

    • Artie C

      Hadn’t thought about it like that. Good point.

      • billy

        any one can get burned out in any profession. ive been there myself a couple of times and i can tell you its almost impossible to keep doing the job after youve had enough. the thing about free tho is he wants to take his money with him. hes not interested in football or his teammates he just wants out. if they force him to play out his contract he will eventually quit. thats just my opinion

  • Dennis Boggs

    this doug free situation just makes the whole cowboys fan base sick.jerry jones could and should have already freed up the 7 million for the sake of romo and his future health.come on tony sign already and lets get ready to build a good team that can finish all their games with a good running game. kill the time left after we get alead for a change jerry instead of a shitty 3 and out running game.dallas holds the record for the most 2nd and 3rd down and 20+ yards for a 1st down.penalties by way of too long of play counts kill kill kill 180 180 sound familure and then free- smith-or one of the others jump the snap again and again.sorry I,m venting here

    • billy

      coaches cant discipline players for poor play. they can only beg the guys to please do better and the players know it. they dont have to do anything they dont want to do because jerry protects them. when you allow an old washed up guy to publicly tell you as owner to go to hell and not suffer any consequences at all. i mean all that jerry did was kiss his ass and hand him millions. what are the other players to think? do you think they are now motivated to go out and work their asses off to get better as a team? jerry was probably drunk when he picked a fight there and he shouldnt have said anything to rat because thats the coaches job. but since he did say something to him he should have made it stick instead of backing down. jerry is a joke as a gm

      • Artie C

        Ratliff, Ratliff, Ratliff

  • Dennis Boggs

    ex lion roy Williams the ex-lion started all this shit thanx roy,jj,steven jones.

  • Dennis Boggs

    romo deserves a chance with a decent o-line make his new salary a performance based contract.if jj had any balls he would make all future contracts performance based on all the players

    • Artie C

      I like the idea

  • DisplacedCowboysFan

    Cutting him now for cap space makes no sense. As a post June 1st cut, the cap space won’t be available until after June 1st. It makes no sense to cut him now when they don’t have a replacement and they wouldn’t be able to use the cap space his cutting would create until after June 1st.

    • ‘mericas_team2013

      THANK YOU!

    • Artie C

      you are correct. I made a point of saying that he needs to be a designated June 1 cut.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Cut Free and use the money to sign Huff. Get Free’s replacement in the early rounds of the draft (ie, Fluker). Don’t wait around to after the draft to cut Free, then all the FAs will be gone.

    • ‘mericas_team2013

      Cutting free doesnt free up any money until after June 1st, so even with cutting him now there is no signing Huff.

  • zig

    doug free will have a career as a bullfighter after he eventually gets cut. I cannot for the life of me figure out why he was not cut coming off the field in the final game. you cannot have your QB running for his life continuously and then act schocked that his int’s went up this past season. give the guy a pocket and time to throw, and a running game and then you can truly evaluate his talent.

  • ‘mericas_team2013

    I understand not cutting Free right now as his $$$ would not be available until after June 1st anyway, what I do NOT understand is why they’re not trying to renegotiate his contract to see if he’ll take less money, hear about it on other teams all the time some players taking a pay cut to help the team. Maybe it has been asked of him already and he said no…

  • Carl Rossini

    If the Cowboys were paying Free 2-2.5 million and could move him to guard, I’d say fine. I don’t know enough about football to guess why he went from a top 5 tackle to a bottom 5 tackle — I’m sure there is plenty of blame to go around. But the bottom line is that the Cowboys could pay 3 starters for that and Free might be better off with a fresh start and less pressure away from Valley Ranch.