For the past few weeks all the talk about the Dallas Cowboys and their offensive line have centered around three players; Doug Free, Eric Winston and Tyson Clabo. Every Cowboys fan knows the deal by know; Free needs to take a pay cut or get released so the Cowboys can attempt to sign Clabo or Winston.
If this scenario plays out, Cowboys fans everywhere will rejoice and the Dallas offensive line will be much improved. However, Clabo and Winston are not the only options the Cowboys have; the team can improve by signing another veteran offensive lineman or by inserting a lineman currently on the roster into the starting lineup.
In the free agent market tackle Bryant McKinnie is still available and even though he has been worked out by a few teams, no team has signed the big man coming off a nice season with the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. The Cowboys also need help at guard and former New York Jet Brandon Moore is still available as well. Moore is a mauler and would represent a an upgrade over either Nate Livings or Mackenzy Bernadeau. Moore is also familiar with Bill Callahan so there could be a match.
Dallas could also look in-house to improve the offensive line. Kevin Kowalski has versatility on the inside, Jeremy Parnell has shown potential at right tackle and the Cowboys have been high on guard Ronald Leary since they signed the undrafted player last year. The question is, are any of these options better than what Dallas played with last season? No one knows the answer to that but I would say that all three have shown potential and I’m not sure it could get any worse.
The Cowboys began the process of improving their offensive line by drafting the best center in college but they can’t stop there. Even if the Cowboys strike out with some of the more well-known names left in free agency, there are still players available that can improve Dallas’ offensive line.