According to Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com, the Dallas Cowboys officially made an offer to veteran guard Brian Waters.
The Cowboys have reached out to the former New England Patriots guard after being turned down by former New York Jets guard Brandon Moore, who chose retirement over signing a one-year deal to play in 2013.
Thanks to inconsistent play and injuries, which have plagued last year’s acquisitions, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, the Cowboys find themselves thin across the offensive line and in need of a solid backup. In fact, Phil Costa, Ryan Cook and maybe Kevin Kowalski are the Cowboys’ only true depth, but they all play center.
Yes, I know that Cook, Kowalski and even first round pick Travis Frederick have gotten some work at guard, but come on. The Cowboys cannot go into this season with any of those guys playing guard, regardless of how much work they get at guard during the offseason.
I understand that at 36-years-old, Waters probably doesn’t want to be at training camp, and that’s probably why he hasn’t made his decision yet, but the Cowboys need an answer soon.
In 2011, his last full NFL season, Waters didn’t sign with New England until Sept. 4, and still went on to start every game for them earning a Pro Bowl invite in the process. That year he was Pro Football Focus’ fourth highest graded guard behind Evan Mathis, Carl Nicks and Marshal Yanda. Waters’ run blocking ability declined, but he was outstanding against the pass rush, earning the highest rating of any guard in 2011 according to PFF’s ratings.
I like the idea of bringing Waters in, but I’d at least want to see him in camp and evaluate whether he can contribute to the team. At this point, however, I think that even a bad Brian Waters can be more effective than a good Mackenzy Bernadeau at right guard.