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Is New England Patriots Guard Donald Thomas A Fit With Dallas Cowboys?

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It’s that time of year when free agency is about to open and scouts will be putting in their two cents worth of advice for who teams should be looking at when free agency comes on March 12. Two writers apparently have already looked at the options for the Dallas Cowboys, and they have a player in mind they feel would fit the Cowboys perfectly.

NFL Insiders Gary Horton and Field Yates believe New England Patriots guard Donald Thomas would make a nice match with the Cowboys, not only because of their financial restraints, but also because of his skills. They believe Thomas possesses the skills and the smarts to help the Cowboys right away. Here is what they had to say about Thomas:

Thomas, a 27-year-old four-year veteran, is an effective run-blocker who also would improve the Cowboys’ protection of Tony Romo. He’s a smart, developing interior linemen who also offers value as an emergency center.

If you’ve never heard of Thomas, you’re not alone. Horton and Yates say that is only because he’s been a backup for Pats, and their depth at guard has kept him from gaining more playing time. If their reports are correct, the Cowboys should certainly look into Thomas because he fits into their price range and could well be worth signing.

Last off-season, the Cowboys spent decent money on two guards who didn’t live up to their contracts, and the Cowboys could be wary of heading down the same path again this season. Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings were well paid for their past performances last year, but it’s not like the Dallas broke the bank on them, so a similar deal for Thomas could scare the team off.

However, it should be noted the Cowboys won on a similar move years ago with Kyle Kosier, who had plenty of good seasons in Dallas.

I don’t know anything about Donald Thomas, but he sounds like a great fit for the Cowboys at cheap price, which makes him even more intriguing. The Cowboys need to upgrade their offensive line, and that should include researching the play of Thomas – there is no doubting that.

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