As we’ve already mentioned, the news that the new CBA would require four-years of service in comparison to six gives players that have received restricted-free agent tenders a good deal of leverage heading into free agency. One such player would be Dallas Cowboys OT Doug Free who is the best available player at the premium position in this years group of free agents.
Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com writes that the Cowboys to a calculated risk by not designating him with their franchise tag back in February.
“The Cowboys took a risk by not placing the franchise or transition tag on Free, who could have a lot of leverage when the lockout is lifted,” writes MacMahon.
The good news is that they addressed the offensive tackle position in this years draft with Tyron Smith but their offensive line will need more than just a top-prospect if they’re going to compete for the NFC East crown next season. We have Free listed as the #11 overall player in our Top 50 Free Agents List.