Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Bowdown27, Feb 5, 2013.
Jason La Canfora is reasonable reliable.
I hope they have a better backup plan than Parnell.
Word from Dallas is that ORT Doug Free, who has committed
eight false starts,
six holds, two of which were declined
and allowed seven sacks (per STATS LLC),
is on a short leash and must play better to return. Next season, Free is owed a base salary of $7 million next season and the Cowboys would take a salary-cap hit of more than $10 million, per league sources, if he was on the roster. They are still on the hook, cap-wise, for more than $8 million guaranteed after he redid his deal in March to help the Cowboys ease some accounting woes and push money up into the guaranteed category. It appears the Cowboys would consider releasing Free, and they could turn to developmental OT Jermey Parnell, who has made huge strides since joining the team from the Saints’ practice squad. Even if Free comes back, he most certainly will have to rework his deal.
I'm sure they'll hedge their bets.
The double whammy is the money and him not being worth it.
Parnell is better than Free, IMO; however, they must have a 3rd guy.
There are many OTs in Free Agency this year. They could bring 1 in to compete with Parnell.
Starters in 2012:
Ryan Clady DEN
Branden Albert KC
Jake Long MIA
Phil Loadholt MIN
Sam Baker ATL
Jermon Bushrod NO
Will Beatty NYG
Andre Smith CIN
Sebastian Vollmer NE
Gosder Cherilus DET
Max Starks PIT
Barry Richardson STL
Tyler Polumbus WAS
Winston Justice IND
King Dunlap PHI
D’Anthony Batiste ARI
Sean Locklear NYG
Khalif Barnes OAK
Bryant McKinnie BAL (Starter during the playoffs)
Will Svitek ATL
Ryan Harris HOU
Other OTs Games-Started/Games-Active:
Jeremy Trueblood TB 84 / 101
Jeremy Bridges CAR 55 / 112
Jordan Black WAS 40 / 94
Jonathan Scott CHI 35 / 70
Frank Omiyale SEA 33 / 75
Dennis Roland CIN 30 / 66
Eben Britton JAC 30 / 37
Jason Smith NYJ 26 / 45
Geoff Schwartz MIN 19 / 45
Pat McQuistan ARI 11 / 72
Corey Hilliard DET 5 / 37
Rashad Butler HOU 4 / 42
Basing on history, my guess is that they plan to have Parnell start. They also picked up that guy Darrion Weems last year also they will pick up a low priced vet and maybe a 4-6 rounder to compete for the spot.
They did that with Gurode and regretted it. I don't think that they are penciling in Parnell. If they are, then we are in a lot more trouble then any of us thought and that's saying a lot.
I'm glad to see people are starting to realize OT is a problem.
Gurode was a probowl player, not a scrub like Free.
We wont regret letting Free go unless he gets on some HGH.
He had to be on something to go from what he was to just completely getting manhandled.
I'd like us to get the kid from Oklahoma.
He stood out to me all year and I didn't even know he was thought of as I high prospect. That guy has major upside.
Ummm... this guy acts like it would be shocking if Free were released.
I'd be shocked if he WEREN'T released.
Exactly, the last time I saw a player go downhill that fast was when Merriman was juicing and then he got busted and had to get clean. When he came back, he was just a totally different guy, lost his speed, quickness, everything.
That is why I think Free might have been juicing, I cant think of any other reason of how a player drops that far that fast to the point of just getting physically dominated every game.
I understand the sentiment but whenever any of us calls any pro athlete a scrub, say he sucks etc, I can't help but remember that no matter how long any of us live, there will always be something between us and a pro athlete that will never change, they did it and made it, we didn't.
All well and good but what difference does that make if your replacing a player with somebody who turns out to be a player that can't get the job done? The issue here is not a comparison of Gurode and Free. The issue here is that if, as you say, we are thinking about replacing a starter with an unproven player, we have done that before and it failed miserably. That's a problem.
I think that if the plan is something other then penciling in Parnell as the starter and counting on that for the entire season, then I would agree. We probably won't regret this move. My point was more along the lines of counting on Parnell as opposed to developing a plan. We absolutely made a mistake when we tried that with Gurode. That's all I was trying to say.
That was the whole point in getting Parnell playing time last season. He isn't unproven anymore.
No, I'm afraid he is. In the NFL, 1 start in 4 seasons is unproven. Playing time is not the same as being able to be a starter in the NFL.
Assuming we're cutting Free, I'd use those cap savings and look to bring in a vet to compete against Parnell. We need the depth in any case.
And in the Draft I would look to take an OC/OG fairly high.
I think that alone would go a long way to improving our OL (including depth). And I think it's doable.