Ronald Leary strips Cowboys references from Twitter
What can we really extrapolate from the fact Dallas Cowboys offensive guard Ronald Leary has apparently removed certain references to the team from his Twitter page?
As Dallas Cowboys veteran offensive guard Ronald Leary is discovering, it’s not always easy to get yourself traded to another team. Especially when you have zero leverage and a degenerative knee condition.
Leary joined America’s Team back in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Memphis. After his first offseason in Dallas, he was waived and added to the team’s practice squad. Leary would end up being promoted to the active roster for the final two games of the season.
The 6-3, 320 pound Leary would go on to start at left guard for the Cowboys in the next 31 of their 32 games following his rookie campaign.
But the 27-year old’s days as the starter in Dallas were number the moment the Cowboys landed first round-level talent La’el Collins following the 2015 NFL Draft. The former LSU Tiger went undrafted after he was questioned by police in the murder of an ex-girlfriend and her unborn child just days before the event.
Cleared of any wrongdoing, Collins joined the Cowboys less than a week after the draft ended. His signing was considered a big coup for a Dallas squad that already bolstered three Pro Bowlers along their offensive line.
Last season, Leary suffered a groin injury in training camp and it forced him to miss two of the first five games of the regular season. Collins was officially named the starter in during the Cowboys Week Six bye. Leary would go on to be a healthy scratch for 10 straight weeks, playing a total of only four games in 2015.
A restricted free agent this offseason, Leary signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract to remain in Dallas. But according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter, the signing was actually done in the hopes the 27-year old could be traded during last month’s draft.
But the 2016 NFL Draft came and went without Leary being moved. Last week, the veteran was noticeably absent during voluntary OTA’s and will likely continue to be so until it becomes mandatory.
The Cowboys have made it clear they will not make a trade in which they don’t feel they get equal value for the experienced lineman.
"“We told Ron that he could certainly look around, but we’re not in the business of letting go of good football players for little or nothing,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told the Dallas Morning News. “We got calls during the draft asking to trade for some of our running backs. We just don’t have that interest. Ron’s a big part of this football team.”"
Now, it’s being reported that Leary has removed references to the Cowboys from his Twitter page. It’s clear the veteran guard wishes to be traded out of Dallas. Unfortunately, his newly signed one-year contract and degenerative knee condition will likely not garner enough value from other teams to trump the Cowboys need for a competent back-up for their offensive line.
The bottom line is Leary has no leverage here. Unless another NFL team is willing to pony up enough to trade for him, the veteran lineman will likely be forced to play in Dallas for another season.
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