On Sunday, former Pro Bowl tackle Tyson Clabo signed with the Miami Dolphins.
The move effectively ended any chance that the Dallas Cowboys had to sign the 6-6 330 lbs., tackle and solidify the right side of the offensive line. In my opinion, it would have been nice to sign Clabo, who is a solid run blocker, but not a move that will make or break the Cowboys’ season.
There had been rumors out of Valley Ranch that people within the organization valued Clabo and that the team would pursue his services if an agreement were not reached with Doug Free on a potential pay cut.
Well, as of today the Cowboys and Free remain at a standstill and neither side appears ready to budge. Personally, I think it’s unfair to Free that the team has asked him to take a pay cut because this team has underachievers at other positions pulling in fat paychecks also, granted he is the highest paid underachiever, but I’ve digressed.
Personally, I would take it as a slap in the face that the team is asking me to take a pay cut, but restructuring other’s contracts. Yes, it is true that Free wouldn’t make anywhere near what he’s making with the Cowboys right now if he were released, but he would take his guaranteed money and put the Cowboys in a bigger hole with regards to the salary cap.
I think that Free simply had an off year last season, and will rebound in 2013. The team did after all ask him to switch positions for the third time in three seasons. I don’t see this ending well for either side, but it appears that Free holds more leverage in this battle.