The Dallas Cowboys finally accomplished their short term goal by resigning Tony Romo to an extension. By doing so the Cowboys really helped clear some cap room which was no more than 500 thousand dollars in cap space before Romos 108 million dollar contract. Now the Cowboys have the needed cap space to make a move or two in the second wave of free agency. With roughly over 5 million in cap space the Cowboys can find some veteran help along the offense line if need be.
The Cowboys signing of Tony Romo only confirms that the Cowboys want to win now, Romo’s the face of the Dallas Cowboys for the next couple of years and in order to justify his 108 million dollar contract the Cowboys must win big. Romo will need to accomplish what he has yet to accomplish in his career, and that is win big n the playoffs. He will need to produce at an elite level in big games, to earn a spot amongst the elite quarterbacks. Romo may not be considered an elite Superbowl wining quarterback but that can be fixed if Jerry Jones can provide Romo with an good offensive line.
Jerry Jones must start off by cutting his losses with Doug Free, who was among the worst tackles of 2012 and surely that trend will continue. Keeping a player like Doug Free at the salary the Cowboys are paying him is only going to draw free agents to Dallas for all the wrong reasons. A free agent may just look at Dallas as an opportunity to cash in as oppose to a place to win a championship. Keeping a player like Doug Free can also be a progress stopper, if he is the player he has been for the past years and if the Cowboys think he can turn it around next year they are sadly mistaken.
It’s not clear as to why the Cowboys still choose to stand behind Doug Free but they can’t afford keeping him as a starter for another year. The Cowboys must find his replacement through the draft and take their chances on a young tackle with an upside as oppose to keeping a washed up veteran like Doug. The same can be said about Miles Austin or Jay Ratliff but that’s for another time. For now lets just hope the Cowboys do the right move and let Doug “Free”.