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12:28 PM ET 04.17 | If the regular season were to start tomorrow, the starting lineup for the Dallas Cowboys would likely include Doug Free remaining at his spot on the right side of the offensive line. Fortunately for the Cowboys, the team still has months to solve its struggles at right tackle with Eric Winston as a potential stop-gap at the position. Free, 29, is one of three players on the Cowboys that will count more than $10 million against the salary cap in 2013. While the argument can certainly be made that Tony Romo and Anthony Spencer warranted that type of money with their play in 2012, it's tough to make the same argument for Free, who has tailed off in recent seasons. A fourth-round selection in the 2007 NFL Draft, Free's contract wasn't unearned as he worked his way into the starting lineup by 2009 and was a very promising, young left tackle in 2010. However, his play dropped off shortly after he received a four-year, $32 million deal from the Cowboys, culminating in a 2012 season that featured 15 penalties called on Free and two more that were declined. Winston said earlier in the offseason that he is looking for $3 million to $4 million per year, though, meaning that he wouldn't be much cheaper than Free, even if the incumbent starter took a salary cut. With just a week remaining until the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cowboys haven't made a move at the position, leaving the possibility that they could fix their offensive line issues at the end of the month with the addition of a rookie instead. Owners of the No. 18, 47 and 80 picks in the first day, the Cowboys could find a player that plugs in as a starter on the right side. Among the possibilities are Alabama's D.J. Fluker, Florida State's Menelik Watson or Syracuse's Justin Pugh, among others.

Dallas Morning News

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April 17, 2013  01:41 PM ET

Like I said befor Long Term extensions are the beginning of The End of a Players Career!!! Too Bad!

 
April 17, 2013  04:54 PM ET

Too bad about all the Pokes can do is window shop...

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