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Rumor: Doug free to be released?

Discussion in 'Fan Zone' started by Bowdown27, Feb 5, 2013.

  1. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Jason La Canfora is reasonable reliable.
  2. Zimmy Lives

    Zimmy Lives Well-Known Member

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    I hope they have a better backup plan than Parnell.
  3. dart

    dart Benched

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    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.
  4. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    I'm sure they'll hedge their bets.
  5. RS12

    RS12 Well-Known Member

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    The double whammy is the money and him not being worth it.
  6. xwalker

    xwalker Well-Known Member

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    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


    Top Backups:
    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
  7. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    This.....
  8. mortboy

    mortboy Active Member

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    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.
  9. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
  10. jobberone

    jobberone Right turn Clyde Staff Member

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    I'm glad to see people are starting to realize OT is a problem.
  11. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    Gurode was a probowl player, not a scrub like Free.


    Big difference.
  12. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    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.
  13. Rack Bauer

    Rack Bauer Federal Agent

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    Ummm... this guy acts like it would be shocking if Free were released.

    I'd be shocked if he WEREN'T released.
  14. Beast_from_East

    Beast_from_East Well-Known Member

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    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.
  15. CanadianCowboysFan

    CanadianCowboysFan Lightning Rod

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    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.
  16. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
  17. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
  18. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    That was the whole point in getting Parnell playing time last season. He isn't unproven anymore.
  19. ABQCOWBOY

    ABQCOWBOY Moderator Staff Member

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    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.
  20. Woods

    Woods Active Member

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    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.

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