6 Cowboys players whose time is running out in Dallas

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Joe Looney, Dallas Cowboys
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This, of all seasons, has proven the value of quality depth along the offensive line. And that alone will give pause to the Cowboys opting to move on from Joe Looney, who possesses valuable starting experience.

But it’s clear that 2020 fourth-rounder Tyler Biadasz is the future of the center position in Dallas. And while the team might feel the 23-year old Biadasz could use another season to develop before taking over the starting gig, it’s unclear if Looney is prepared to sign another one-year deal only to eventually be his understudy.

The 30-year old Looney started every game for the Cowboys at center in 2018 after Pro Bowler Travis Frederick was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. He’s also started 10 games this season including in the Cowboys’ big win over the Niners this past Sunday.

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Having started a total of 40 games over his nine-year career, Joe Looney’s experience should be very valuable on the open market. And Looney could easily decide he has a much better chance of landing a starting gig on another team rather than remaining in Dallas where they already have their franchise center in-house.