News: Free's Tender Usually Enough To Dissuade Suitors

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    Free's Tender Usually Enough To Dissuade Suitors
    Rob Phillips Staff Writer

    IRVING, Texas - Restricted or unrestricted, Doug Free is the Cowboys' most important free-agent to-be. Tuesday's one-year, estimated $3.5 million restricted tender offer is proof.

    So are the annual franchise tag figures. Offensive linemen (most often, tackles like Free) annually have the second-most expensive designation. Tony Romo isn't going anywhere, so Free - the sturdy 16-game starter on the left side, aptly replacing long-time fixture Flozell Adams - should be the top priority.

    Free didn't get the franchise tag - a one-year, guaranteed contract offer worth roughly $10. 1 million - this year. Instead, the Cowboys offered him the highest possible tender in case the 27-year-old is only eligible for restricted free agency whenever the team owners and players strike a new Collective Bargaining Agreement...

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