Dallas Cowboys re-sign OT Doug Free

Free was going to be a risky signing anywhere he went, as he’s going into his age 31 season and he struggled mightily in 2011 and 2012, to the point where he was briefly benched down the stretch in 2012. He graded out 51st out of 76 eligible in 2011 and 68th out of 80 eligible in 2012. However, those two seasons were sandwiched in between 4 seasons in which he graded out above average, including 20th in 2013 and 21st in 2014. The 8-year veteran has made 83 starts for the Cowboys over the past 6 seasons and has generally played well. This 3-year, 15 million dollar deal also doesn’t have any guaranteed money after the first year, in which he’ll be guaranteed 6 million, so it’s fairly low risk. This is a good value for Free.

Grade: A-




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