It looks like a familiar face will not be retained by his current team meaning he is set to become a free agent with ties to the Dallas Cowboys.
This offseason has been a merry-go-round in regards to the Dallas Cowboys offseason needs. One of the least mentioned needs has to be on the offensive line.
Cowboys center Travis Frederick returned from Guillain-Barré syndrome and he looked like his old self. Right guard Zack Martin was also his usual self and was often mentioned among the best at his position. Left tackle Tyron Smith didn’t have a great year but was still better than most.
All three of those linemen once again made the Pro Bowl. It could be debated that the Cowboys should have had four Pro Bowl offensive lineman with a dominant year by Dallas Cowboys right tackle La’el Collins.
Now comes that left guard spot that has been somewhat of a turnstile. I get that it isn’t fair to judge a person against four other linemen who are playing at an elite level but the position has seemed to lack cohesion.
When presumed started and former second-round pick Conner Williams plays guard, critics will say Dallas Cowboys backup guard Xavier Su’a-Filo should be playing and vice versa. Others are curious by what Dallas Cowboys guard Conner McGovern could bring.
Like most people, I am intrigued by what McGovern could bring to the table but I also know that another season playing musical chairs at guard could be a problem. Enter soon to be Denver Broncos guard Ronald Leary.
The same Ronald Leary who left the Dallas Cowboys for the Denver Broncos and they’re ridiculous four-year $35 million dollar contract offer. You cannot blame the guy as the Dallas Cowboys were unwilling to commit that much money into their offensive line.
Word coming out of Denver indicates that the Broncos will decline their club option which will allow Leary to become a free agent. My eyebrow raised when I heard this and I can’t get it out of my mind.
If Leary is willing to accept a deal that fits what the Dallas Cowboys are willing to make then a reunion seems like a best-fit scenario. Let’s examine the left guard situation that leads me to believe Leary is a good free agent option.
The incumbent, Conner Williams is returning from a torn Achilles. There is no guarantee that he will be ready for the start of the season let alone training camp. I also believe that when he does return, a move to backup swing tackle would better suit his athletic abilities.
Second-year guard Conner McGovern is also returning from a pectoral injury that derailed his rookie season. I was at the start of training camp and I noticed that he simply needs to get stronger. He was often moved out of his spot.
Veteran,fan-favorite, and soon to be free agent Joe Looney is a very good player but is more valuable as a backup. His versatility allows the Dallas Cowboys to carry one less lineman during their game-day active players.
Ronald Leary does carry some injury concerns as well. If you remember, Leary was not drafted as his degenerative knee led some experts to think that he would not be able to hold up to the rigors of an NFL season. He now enters his ninth season with that same knee.
With some concern heading into the season about which injured guard can take make a push for a starting spot, I’m for signing Ronald Leary and having him take his place beside Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick instead.