Guard Marco Rivera, who played the past two seasons with Dallas, is expected to announce his retirement soon, possibly as early as this week, a source said. He is coming off surgery on a disk in his back for the second straight year.
Well, the week is almost over so he better hurry up. I’ve been bashing Marco Rivera, the player, for the past year. His play since being signed as a free agent never lived up to the expectations and his prior reputation. No doubt the back problems he’s had have been a contributing factor – we all remember the treadmill incident that occurred almost immediately after his signing. But Marco Rivera, the person, has always been a class act. He spoke to the media regularly and he was always willing to mentor the younger guys on the team. So for that, I salute him as a quality person. But the NFL is all about production, and he wasn’t getting the job done. So it was time for him to go. There was some talk about wanting him to stay as a backup, but I never thought that was a good idea. I would rather draft a young lineman and develop him with an eye to the future. Flozell Adams is in the last year of his contract and if the Cowboys don’t re-sign him, then they are going to be tempted to move Leonard Davis over to tackle, no matter what you or I think about that move. Next year, there could be another opening at guard if the above scenario plays out, and I would rather have someone who has spent a year in the system fighting for that spot.
In other news, Patrick Crayton is expected to sign his one-year tender.