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08:02 AM ET 04.09 | At least some writing is now on the wall. The Dallas Cowboys finally might be prepared to admit their $32 million mistake in extending right tackle Doug Free's contract two years ago. A source who has spoken with free agent Eric Winston and a Cowboys source have both told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport on Monday that there is mutual interest between the two sides. A source who has spoken to Winston adds that talks are "heating up." Although the Cowboys also have looked into former Atlanta Falcons right tackle Tyson Clabo, Rapoport is told this "doesn't necessarily mean" the team is ready to cut ties with Free. ... If Winston is signed, Free either would be moved inside to guard or given his release.

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Eric Winston, US Presswire Eric Winston, US Presswire
April 9, 2013  08:11 AM ET

This would make me very, VERY happy...

April 9, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Do the Cowboys have enough cap space to sign Winston???

April 9, 2013  08:20 AM ET

So I guess this means it will take two years before they can admit they made a mistake extending Romo?

April 9, 2013  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Do the Cowboys have enough cap space to sign Winston???

Free will have to take a pay cut or be released...







Bye bye.

April 9, 2013  08:41 AM ET

Who is this team's GM again?

April 9, 2013  08:56 AM ET

Lets hope this happens sooner than later.

April 9, 2013  09:13 AM ET

OK, but this is a big mans draft and if you don't grab one in this draft, when will ya?

April 9, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Free will have to take a pay cut or be released... Bye bye.

He absolutely stunk last year.

April 9, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Free will have to take a pay cut or be released.

Maybe he should change his first name to "Will Playfor".

April 9, 2013  09:32 AM ET

It appears the cowboys would take around a $9.3 million cap hit if they were to release Free . Restructure is the only possibility, but that can just kick the problem down the road a bit. He gets moved to guard most likely.

April 9, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

It appears the cowboys would take around a $9.3 million cap hit if they were to release Free . Restructure is the only possibility, but that can just kick the problem down the road a bit. He gets moved to guard most likely.

Probably...

I can only hope they draft a couple of guards.

April 9, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Probably... I can only hope they draft a couple of guards.

I know if the Giants don't fix that OL they are playing with fire. They must have a lot more faith in Brewer to play RT than I do, and everybody knows Diel should have been cut two years ago. He make Free look like all world out there.

April 9, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I know if the Giants don't fix that OL they are playing with fire. They must have a lot more faith in Brewer to play RT than I do, and everybody knows Diel should have been cut two years ago. He make Free look like all world out there.

Having watch Free steal money for the last two years...

Diel must be really bad.

April 9, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

It appears the cowboys would take around a $9.3 million cap hit if they were to release Free . Restructure is the only possibility, but that can just kick the problem down the road a bit. He gets moved to guard most likely.

Sure about that bro?

I could have sworn ESPN Dallas reported that Free getting cut would accelerate some of the dough this season and then next...all in all, its more like $5-6 million??

In the end, Free will take a pay cut and this move would be fantastic for that line.

It would allow them to draft 1 of those beast guards if they wanted and Free if kept at a lessor rate would be insurance at either tackle spot.

April 9, 2013  10:44 AM ET
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Having watch Free steal money for the last two years... Diel must be really bad.

Been saying all along that Dallas is going to make solid under the radar moves...no splashes!

By extending Romo, tagging Spencer on another 1 yr deal and then bringing in Allen, Durant and now HOPEFULLY Winston, these are good moves.

If they cut the penalties in half at that position, and get improved blocking with Winston over Free, man, that will make a huge difference in the run game and down and distance on pass downs.

April 9, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Who is this team's GM again?

THIS!!!!

This is the only thing I see out this article... Another fumble by the GM.

April 9, 2013  11:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Sure about that bro?I could have sworn ESPN Dallas reported that Free getting cut would accelerate some of the dough this season and then next...all in all, its more like $5-6 million??In the end, Free will take a pay cut and this move would be fantastic for that line.It would allow them to draft 1 of those beast guards if they wanted and Free if kept at a lessor rate would be insurance at either tackle spot.

Absolutely sure w. It could be as much as $10+ million in a cap hit. all the signing bonus money and restructuring bonus money has to be added in now and not divided by the original contract years if he is cut.

When they restructured his deal he was only a total of $4.2 million in cap hit last year with a base of $2 million. There was $17 million guaranteed in the deal.


Do the math. Look it up. Use more than one source.

April 9, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Been saying all along that Dallas is going to make solid under the radar moves...no splashes!By extending Romo, tagging Spencer on another 1 yr deal and then bringing in Allen, Durant and now HOPEFULLY Winston, these are good moves.If they cut the penalties in half at that position, and get improved blocking with Winston over Free, man, that will make a huge difference in the run game and down and distance on pass downs.

They had no choice but to under radar it. The running game was hurt when Bennett left town. He could block for the run....

April 9, 2013  11:40 AM ET
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Absolutely sure w. It could be as much as $10+ million in a cap hit. all the signing bonus money and restructuring bonus money has to be added in now and not divided by the original contract years if he is cut.When they restructured his deal he was only a total of $4.2 million in cap hit last year with a base of $2 million. There was $17 million guaranteed in the deal.Do the math. Look it up. Use more than one source.

Took your advice and on the DC website they are showing that if he is a June 1 cut, it is a 4.135 hit now, then another 4.135 next season vs paying him 7m in salary this year and 8m next.

My guess is they will seek to restructure his deal for sure with those types of hits and if he refuses, he will be cut.

Not sure if this is what you are referring to, but that is the math.

 
April 9, 2013  11:41 AM ET
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They had no choice but to under radar it. The running game was hurt when Bennett left town. He could block for the run....

I would not use the word "hurt"...

Bennett was a good blocker but this Hannah kid is mega fast and can catch...I think he will easily out produce Marty B this next season.

MB is onto his 3rd team now, so I do not think we are missing much.

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