Aug 15, 2012; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Doug Free (68) and linebacker Victor Butler (57) at training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones is Optimistic Dallas Cowboys, Doug Free Will Work Things Out


The Dallas Cowboys have been very straightforward about their desire to have offensive tackle Doug Free take a pay cut and remain with the team, but there is a belief that the two sides will part ways if they cannot renegotiate Free’s current deal.

While it seems that the Cowboys and Free are prepared to split ways if they don’t reach a deal, Dallas owner Jerry Jones seems much more optimistic that things will work out and Free will return to the team for the start of the season.

“I’d like to keep him,” Jones said. “We think that Doug Free can be an important part of the team. He’s been here. We know him. We think that with what we’re doing in other parts of our offense, certainly in the offensive line, that this will bode well for him. So we think he can really be an asset to us.

“It’s no secret that we’re trying to renegotiate the contract, but I think it’s a wrong assessment to say that anybody’s saying ‘take it or leave it’ or we’re at our wit’s end or those kinds of things. That’s just not the way I see it going.”

It is hard to believe that Free could find more money elsewhere on the market, so he will likely cave in and accept the pay cut in order to stay in Big D.

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  • John Mayo

    Great idea. Keep the lousy OL another year because OT was not addressed in the draft or with a free agent. I hear KC has an OT that is available. Brandon Albert. We know JJ will pay through the nose for KC free agents. Of course the truth is that JJ has no idea how to solve the problems on the OL, so he just needs to keep making odd and unnecessary trades on draft day. The Cowboys’ OL will suck in 2013, and Travis Frederick will look very much the part of a third rounder that he should have been. The Cowboys, with JJ as “GM” are clueless.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jim.dowd Jim Dowd

      You are right about Jerry, but the line will be much better with Frederick and hopefully another FA (like Winston). We would be much better simply by cutting Free. He is horrendous.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rick.dose.10 Rick Dose

      FYI, Winston allow one less sack that Free did, and that’s with about 200 less snaps than Free had….If Free can just get his head out of his a.s.s., maybe he won’t have too much of an issue with the false starts….

    • http://www.facebook.com/MachineL Gene Marshall

      You hit it right on the head. Why JJ is taking a passive stance on Doug Free is beyond me. I guess it is just a part of JJ’s philosophy on how to manage player personnel and one of the reasons the Cowboys will never be contenders for another superbowl.