Yesterday it was reported that the Dallas Cowboys and Eric Winston had mutual interest in each other. This whole situation seems like it might just be a diversion by Eric Winston’s agent to increase interest from a slow free agency market. If it is the case then this planned scheme is working very well because it is producing a lot of attention. This subject is enticing because it means Winston would be an immediate upgrade over Doug Free, that is, if he would to sign with the Cowboys. The upgrade only adds to the stupendous fact that Doug Free will most likely be cut by June 1st, if Winston decided to sign with the Cowboys.
Then again this also may just be a ploy for either side of the party, which in a way may be beneficial to the Cowboys since it will help them decide what they will do in the draft. Right now Dallas may show interest in Winston, but in reality using Winston as a pawn will only help solidify their decision about a pick in the upcoming draft. This strategic move can help land players like D.J. Fluker and hence will prevent other teams from obtaining the Cowboys true desired player.
Now if this isn’t all some sort of plot then the Cowboys could really use a guy like Eric Winston, a player like Winston would allow the Cowboys a little more flexibility in the draft. Also it would help justify Tony Romo’s 108 million contract, if you pay a quarterback that kind of money you better be willing to spend money to protect him. It’s very predictable and obvious that another year with Doug Free would just result in more headaches for Dallas.
Whether the Cowboys decide to pursue Eric Winston or not, it’s nice to hear news that the Cowboys are looking to address the offensive line despite it all being speculation up to this point. Also the fact the Cowboys haven’t restructured Doug Frees contract may be signs that they are looking to move forward and cut their losses. I guess we just have to wait and see if the Cowboys are seriously considering signing Eric Winston or not.