The Dallas Cowboys continue to make horrendous decisions regarding the team’s offensive line. On Tuesday, the Cowboys waived second-year center/guard Bill Nagy, who missed Dallas’ first preseason game, a 3-0 win over the Oakland Raiders, with a high ankle sprain. A 2011 seventh-round draft pick, Nagy was arguably the best offensive lineman on the Cowboys’ roster last season, so this move makes absolutely no sense. Nagy was the only seventh-round pick starting in Week 1 and was drawing rave reviews before a broken ankle ended his rookie season.
The fact Phil Costa is still no the roster and Nagy is not is beyond senseless. Costa is arguably the worst offensive lineman on the team, yet he’ll likely start at center again this year, even after he allowed Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to suffer a broken rib and a punctured lung in 2011.
The Cowboys are trying to sign a tight end to fill Nagy’s roster spot following a spleen injury to starter Jason Witten, who suffered from some internal bleeding after a hit from Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain. Witten will miss the remainder of the preseason, but it’s just that – the preseason. Dallas got rid of arguably its best offensive lineman to sign a fifth-string tight end that won’t be on the roster in two weeks. What sense does that make?
You can bet your bottom dollar on this: Nagy won’t go floating around in the free agent pool. Whichever team claims him off waivers will reap the rewards because he’ll be starting by Week 3 and he’ll be that team’s anchor on the offensive line by midseason. Don’t believe it? Take that bet, but make sure you can cover it when you lose.
Dallas did nothing to improve its pathetic offensive line this off-season and now things are even worse. Don’t be surprised if second-year center Kevin Kowalski, who should be starting, is also cut and the Cowboys move guard Mackenzy Bernadeau to backup center behind Costa. If the decision to waive Nagy is any indication, get ready for another disappointing season, Cowboys fans.