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Dallas Cowboys Get Brian Waters for Right Price at Right Time

Veteran Guard Signs with Dallas to Solidify Offensive Line

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COMMENTARY | It's about time, right?

Brian Waters is now a member of the Dallas Cowboys as both sides agreed to a one-year, $3-million contract to have the All-Pro offensive guard solidify the interior of the offensive line.

What a bargain to get someone like the 36-year-old Waters, who still wants to play football, and can play at a top level. He's a wide body who can open holes in the running game, which is what the Cowboys need to go beyond expectations in this season.

With Brandon Moore being in Dallas for all but half a day and injuries to other members of the offensive line, getting Waters was a no-brainer, even though it almost never happened. But over the last 48 hours, Jerry Jones has done some work in the trade market to get an available roster spot for Waters.

Dallas shipped defensive tackle Sean Lissemore to San Diego, while rarely-used tight end Dante Rosario is off to Chicago. Those transactions opened the door for the Cowboys to make one more signing after bringing in defensive end Caesar Rayford and linebacker Edgar Jones.

Enter Waters.

It would be a shocker to see Waters suit up on Sunday against the New York Giants. Considering he hasn't played in 19 months and didn't take part in any form of training camp, throwing him into the fire against a quality Giants front seven wouldn't be a wise decision by head coach Jason Garrett.

Yet, at the price the Cowboys got him, Waters is taking backup-type money to start for almost one full season, while sliding Mackenzy Bernadeau to the aforementioned backup role. Travis Frederick can also stay committed to playing center this year.

If anything, expect Bernadeau to start at one guard spot, while Ronald Leary gets some reps after undergoing minor knee surgery this summer.

Waters is a smart presence on the offensive line, and he'll make sure that life is much easier for Tony Romo and DeMarco Murray. With Bill Callahan calling the plays this year and adding a much-needed emphasis in the running game, there was no better option available than Waters.

Now that it's finally done, the Cowboys have all the necessary pieces to be ready for the regular season, and have all reason in the world to feel good heading into Sunday Night.

To be fair, that should've been the feeling in Training Camp. Better late than never, I suppose.

Danny Webster is a featured columnist for the Dallas Cowboys. Contact him by going on Twitter and following @DannyWebster21.

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