Could Free move to guard if starting OT is drafted?

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  1. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    Hope so, but seriously doubt it.
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  2. Cowboy06

    Cowboy06 Professional Positive Naysayer

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    If Free can't get stronger, cut him and move on. Stop trying to make players fit. If you are a tackle and don't have the strength to move inside, then see ya. Draft a few linemen for the next few drafts and hope your coaches and scouting department along with the strength coaches can build a team. If this team admits it's rebuilding I say this is the second year of a three year process to be relevant again. I do wonder how Free went from promising starter to the verge of being cut.
  3. big dog cowboy

    big dog cowboy THE BIG DOG Staff Member

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    You owe me a new keyboard.
  4. DuDa

    DuDa Well-Known Member

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    lol @ Free playing guard.


    This was done by some dude named Ryan Robinson.
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  5. TheRomoSexual

    TheRomoSexual Well-Known Member

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    You are aware that he is playing tackle there, right? And so it does very little to "prove" your point?
  6. nake

    nake Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Free has a year left on his contract at $3.5 million, and I'm pretty sure it isn't guaranteed. As it stands, what little offensive line depth we have is suspect, so it seems very unlikely Free will not be with us this year, even if he gets beat out and doesn't start, IMO. If we draft a quality OL, then great. It improves our depth and they can work out the starters in training camp.
  7. Cowboy06

    Cowboy06 Professional Positive Naysayer

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    if he's not on the field and isn't promising enough to start, why not go younger and in theory less expensive? I like Free, but I don't know how he's not getting stronger in the weight room, etc. Now just seems to me, and I could be wrong, that experienced young teams seem to win the Superbowl of late. The league has changed. I look at Seattle and I see a team where youth that learned to play early seemed to win. I just want to draft well, sign good FAs and coach them up.

    What I do like is your belieft in getting depth on this team. It's been sorely lacking for years now. Well unless saying 19 different DL during a season is depth.
  8. DuDa

    DuDa Well-Known Member

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    There was no need for you to put "prove" into quotations. If you would like to emphasize a particular word, try using all CAPS.

    Anyway, I was using that gif as an example of his lack of power and base against a bull rush. He barely has enough power to play tackle. Guards face bigger and stronger lineman and must possess the ability to hold up against a strong bull rush. He will also have less time to react playing inside than he would playing outside. This doesn't prove anything, just pointing out some clear issues that are present with the idea of moving Free to guard.

    Don't be so quick to jump on people dude, it only makes you look bad.
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  9. Alexander

    Alexander What's it going to be then, eh?

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    So playing guard has nothing to do with balance and anchor? Learn something new every day.
  10. jrumann59

    jrumann59 Well-Known Member

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    Free at OG in non emergency situation is like saying RW31 could play linebacker. Yeah sure it could happen the results would not be pretty.
  11. Zordon

    Zordon Well-Known Member

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    Security guard? Yes of course. I have no issue w/ him working security at Cowboys Stadium.
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  12. nake

    nake Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    We just have to have placeholders until we can find and develop younger talent. I just don't see us getting enough new OL talent this year to dump Free. I'll be happy if we get just one high pick on the OL. We just have so many needs on D, as well as needing a RB and WR, I just don't think it happens this year. We just don't have the cap space for free agents to fill these needs, so most of them have to come from the draft.

    The Cowboys are kind of in a bad place right now, but if a few things come together, I think we can get to the playoffs this year. We're going to have to be lucky AND good, though.
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  13. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    I can't verify it, but I saw a report that if Free is on the roster after March, that his 2014 salary becomes guaranteed. It would make sense the when he agree to the pay cut last year that he would want this in the contract to prevent them from waiting until after free agency to threaten to cut him like they did last year.
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    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    I don't think Free can play Guard.

  15. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I think Free made some very positives steps at RT last season and don't think putting him at G is a good idea. If Dallas chooses to use a mid rd pick on OT then let the rookie beat Free out but I just do not see Free being a G.
  16. Verdict

    Verdict Well-Known Member

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    I think in the event they draft a RT at #16 (or maybe even the second round) then Free and the draft pick fight it out on who will start. The loser will be the swing tackle, and Free will be gone either way next year.

    Also, I would expect that assuming Free wins the initial batter to start at the first of the season, that if the rookie progresses during the season, that the roles could easily be reversed.
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  17. Fredd

    Fredd Well-Known Member

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    I agree with all of this...if they draft his replacement, he will need to earn his starting gig for the entire season
  18. Dhragon

    Dhragon Deadly Claws of Death

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    Coming away with Johnny Football would trump those moves. If JF falls as some suspect and Jerry drafts him, the media attention would be unreal.
  19. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I read it last year too. They had to release him before the start of the new season from what I remember.
  20. pancakeman

    pancakeman Well-Known Member

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    Is Free, even under his renegotiated contract, making too much to just be our swing tackle? We'll need one, and he's better suited for that than for guard I would guess.

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