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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.

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Tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day!  Our very own Glen Weldon is here to set you straight on the many treats waiting for you at your friendly local comic book shop, and on the appropriate etiquette for FCBD:

  • Not every comics shop participates in Free Comic Book Day – use the Comics Shop Locator to make sure your local shop will be taking part. Understand that many of the stores that do participate make a Whole Big Freaking Deal of it: author/artist signings, costume contests, giveaways, etc. You got a kid, or access to same? Take it. [Ed. note: That’s what Glen said. “It.”]

  • This isn’t Supermarket Sweep, people. You can’t just storm the place in your matching banana-yellow sweaters and start scooping up copies of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl like so many Huggies and filets mignon. (Though TUSG is a really great, fun book, and you should consider doing exactly that, provided you pay for them.)

  • Publishers print special Free Comic Book Day editions of the books that will be handed out on Saturday. There are 50 different FCBD books this year. Not every shop will offer all 50 titles. Some stores lay them out and let you pick the ones you want, other stores hand you a sampler pack.

  • If you do get your choice of books, the mini-reviews below might help you find the ones you’re likely to like.

  • If you don’t get a choice, hey: free comics.

  • While you’re there, buy something.

  • No, seriously? Buy something.

  • Buy SOMEthing. The comics shops still have to pay for the “free” FCBD books they stock, and they’re counting on the increased foot traffic to lift the day’s sales, so be a caring human being. And buy something.

  • How will you know WHAT you should buy? Ask someone on staff at the comics shop. It’s that simple. Tell them what kind of movies you like, what kind of books, what TV shows you binge on. They’re trained to make recommendations in line with your tastes. Or you could ask about one of the non-FCBD books in the list immediately below this list. They’re a mix of graphic novels, collections and ongoing monthly series, across a spectrum of genres and styles. Because that’s what comics looks like now, which is pretty great. Ask to check out one or more for yourself.

See Glen’s exhaustive review (and a bonus appearance from yours truly on this week’s Pop Culture Happy Hour) here!

– Petra

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.”

 

The Dallas Cowboys have signed Offensive Tackle Doug Free to a 4 year $32 million dollar contract with $17 million guaranteed. With the Cowboys signing Doug Free to a new contract does this mean that the Cowboys are out of the hunt for Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha?