Goodbye Kyle Kosier, we salute your service to the Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys continue to re-make their offensive line - according to league sources long-time guard Kyle Kosier will be released. Dallas has signed two guards in free agency, Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, and they have David Arkin and Bill Nagy from the 2011 draft. This has created a log-jam at the guard position and the odd-man out so far looks to be Kyle Kosier. Youth is the theme along the Cowboys line and Kosier no longer fits that movement.
Kosier was signed by Dallas in 2006 and proved to be a steady performer along the line. With athletic feet, Kosier was extremely good at pulling from his guard position, he also periodically made line-calls for the team and occasionally backed up at center. The Cowboys have undergone many changes along the line, but Kosier managed to stick on the roster with his consistent performance. But with Jason Garrett looking to get younger along the line, and throughout the roster, Kosier's age worked against him. Dallas also saves $1.55 million on the cap with the move.
The interior line figures to be a hot-spot of competition come training camp, with at least four candidates available for the two positions. And this is before the draft has commenced, where it's likely the Cowboys will pick up some more help; David DeCastro is certainly a possibility with pick #14. Although the Cowboys could feel good about what they have at the position and make a move on some centers to provide depth and competition for incumbent Phil Costa. We also can't forget that Kevin Kowalski is still in the mix.
Kyle Kosier was a solid performer with the Cowboys and was an all-around good guy to have on the team. Never a problem off-the-field and always the consummate professional on it. We salute him for his service, but all things must end, and in the NFL, it's usually age or injury that does you in.