Let me begin by saying this is my first time writing a fan post on BTB. I've been reading on here for a long while during times when I was bored or just wanted to hear some blogger opinions. Now I'm finally an oficial member, so here it is. (Don't criticize how it looks. I'll figure it out eventually.)
So pretty much all of the fans realize at this point how terrible Doug Free has been the last 2 years. In fact, he hasn't been really that good since 2009, the last time the Cowboys have been to the playoffs. He was definitely an upgrade over Marc Colombo at the time, but has declined into almost the same kind of player now. Another thing I assume we all know is that he's costing us an arm and a leg, and plays like he has neither of the other limbs either. In addition, we all know that if we designate him a June 1st cut, we will save 7 million dollars on this years salary cap.
Therefore, I make this proposal. The moment we've all been waiting for- we designate Doug Free a June 1st cut. I know that doesn't seem like an overly complicated plan, but let me continue. Currently, it is estimated we have about 5 million in cap space. Additionally, 2 million more in savings for Marcus Spears' release and 7 million more with the release of Doug Free, the combination of 9 million when June 1st rolls around. Simple math would add that up to about 14 million in cap room. That's a number a GM can work with.
In this situation, we have to, HAVE TO, HAVE TO sign a new right tackle. Both of the headline RT's on the market, Tyson Clabo and Eric Winston, have a market worth of about 3-4 million right now, although bidding wars will likely drive that up. I am fine with either, because both will make this offensive line better, but I might tend to lean more towards Winston because he's younger and we share the same first name.
The other name I would like to mention is a man named Brian Waters. In case you haven't heard of him, he is a six-time pro bowler, and two-time All-Pro at Guard. He started out as an undrafted free agent of the Dallas Cowboys back in 1999 as a tight end. He then went on to play offensive line for the Kansas City Chiefs. He's been a stud ever since, racking up Pro Bowls and All-Pro awards, as well as an AFC Championship with the 2011 Patriots. Last year, he did not play because he wished to play somewhere close to his family in TEXAS. Now, he is an available free agent, and could be very interested. The only questions with him now are his age, his health, and the kind of money he would want.
Now, do you see what I'm getting at? We could have two immediate upgrades and starters to build up this offensive line for RIGHT NOW. Plus, I think they could both be had for about 3-4 million a year, which is about 6-8 million a year for both. If we could get them both for 7 or less this year, we basically would be trading an underachieving backup tackle for 2 legitamite starters. And, we have the cap space to get them both as long as we don't exceed 9 million.
So my idea is to sign them both, Waters and one of the RT's, to 2-year deals averaging 3-4 million a year, with half of it guaranteed and paid this year. Now, we have stopgaps, I mean road pavers to allow us to be competitive this year, and then there's no reason we have to keep them for next year. So, if someone beats them out of a spot next year, or even this year, we're not in a situation where we're paying dead money next year, because we already have to do that with Free. After that, we have a starting line of: Smith, Frederick, Waters, Winston/ Clabo, and whatever journey man left that wins the battle at training camp. With this good of an offensive line, we can open some lanes for the running game and make a wall for our passing game. Our offense can be more productive now. And assuming our defense plays well, we could be NFC East Champs and make a run for the Super Bowl, although it may be one more year.