Sep 30, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars guard Uche Nwaneri (77) before a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Everbank Field. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Beef Up Their Offensive Line; Sign Guard Uche Nwaneri

The Dallas Cowboys offensive line was already considered one of the best young lines in the NFL. Now, they’ve got a little more veteran experience to go along with that youth. On Tuesday, the Cowboys agreed in terms to sign free agent offensive guard Uche Nwaneri. The terms of the deal were not immediately available. A native of Garland, TX, Nwaneri is a seven-year NFL veteran who has spent his entire career as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Nwaneri was a fifth round pick for the Jags back in 2007. He played his college ball at Purdue. While in Jacksonville, the 30-year old guard started in 92 total games, including all but one game the last four seasons. The Jaguars saved $3.705 million of cap space this offseason by releasing him. Nwaneri visited both the Tennessee Titans and the Cincinnati Bengals before landing in Dallas this week.

Pro Football Focus ranked Nwaneri as the 34th best guard in the NFL last season. According to their statistics, he excelled in both pass blocking (12th) and screen blocking (10th). But Nwaneri also ranked a lowly 64th in run blocking. Which is a bit surprising especially as he was described as “a mauling inside run blocker” early in his career. And Nwaneri was also part of the O-line that help running back Maurice Jones-Drew gain a career-high 1,606 rushing yards back in 2011.

Still, we must keep these rankings in proper perspective. Nwaneri did play for a struggling Jaguars team that ranked next to last in total offense in 2013.

Now in Dallas, Nwaneri will compete for a starting role against current Cowboys guards Ronald Leary and Mackenzy Bernadeau. The opposite starting guard role should be occupied by the Cowboys 2014 first round draft pick, Zack Martin.


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  • main boy St Louis

    Maybe they kick Martin to tackle make free swing tackle

    • [email protected]

      Martins arms are to short.

      • Assassin

        I could care less about a player’s arm length or most ‘stats’. It’s what’s in his head and how he handles what’s in front of him. Martin had a great college career and manhandled some of the best players in the NCAA at Notre Dame while at LT. I have no doubt he would be fine at RT in the NFL

    • Assassin

      That was my first thought. They’re unsure about Free playing as well as he did last year. They can move Uche to RG and Martin to OT. This certainly give them some options. Nice to have.

  • oop oop oop

    He has a beard?!? cool, maybe he will dine on lobster and other various forms of take out. Minus the solicitor phone call drops. service never works on the o-line without some beef, ugh. He turned into an athlete on day of birth for three bridges in price packs. lysol for love

  • jacob

    Do you just coppy and paste the news?

  • billy

    latest news. reported on another blog (btb) , leary is going on trial july 14th for dui. i dont know if its true or not but if it is , now you know the rest of the story as to why they brought in another guard.