Cowboys sign OT Doug Free to three-year, $15M extension
The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a three-year contract extension with starting right tackle Doug Free, who will avoid free agency, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.
The deal is worth $15 million and includes $6 million in guaranteed money, per the report.
Free, 31, taken in the fourth-round (122nd overall) of the 2007 draft, has been a full-time starter since 2010. He was limited to 11 games last season due to an left ankle injury, which required offseason surgery. He is expected to be at full health for training camp.
Free has spent his entire NFL career with the Cowboys and this contract will likely mean that he finishes his career in Dallas.
This signing is the 3rd free agent move that the Cowboys have already made in advance of the league year opening on Tuesday at 4pm. They’ve already franchise tagged WR Dez Bryant earlier in the week and re-signed WR Cole Beasley to a 4 year deal worth $13.6 million. Demarco Murray remains unsigned and will have the chance to test the free agency waters.
Free was a part of the offensive line that allowed the Cowboys to rush for 2,354 yards in the regular season which was second in the league behind only the Seattle Seahawks.
Cowboys planning to be without OT Doug Free vs. Packers
The Dallas Cowboys are planning to be without starting right tackle Doug Free for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs, the Dallas Morning News reports.
“It’s still going to be tough for Doug to play this week,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “He’s trying to get back but we’ll just have to see. We’re taking that week by week, but it’s an uphill battle for Doug to get back for this week.”
Free has been dealing with an injured left foot and ankle which has forced him to miss the Cowboys’ last three games. If he is unable to go, Jermey Parnell is likely to remain the starter Sunday.
Head coach Jason Garrett said he thought Parnell “held up fairly well” in this past Sunday’s game against a Detroit Lions stout defensive line.
“At times there was some push in the pocket,” Garrett said. “At times he didn’t block the guy who we wanted him to block. He fought well, battled well. As the game wore on, he probably played a little stronger.”
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