The Dallas Cowboys signed two offensive guards in the free agency period so far and that means there will be some wholesale change on the offensive line in 2012. The first change appears to be the Cowboys choosing to release 33-year old Kyle Kosier.
The two new names coming to the Cowboys in 2012 are Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, both getting long-term deals worth up to $30 combined between the two. That leaves little room for Kosier on the roster. By releasing the six-year veteran lineman, the Dallas will save about $1.5 million in 2012.
When the 2011 season started, the offensive line included Doug Free, Bill Nagy, Phil Costa, Kyle Kosier and Tyron Smith. Right now, the line has changed with Smith switching sides with Free to cover Romo's blind side while Bernadeau and Livings will take over the guard positions.
This still leaves problems. Phil Costa was not a good center in 2011. He was small and undersized and did not give the protection he needed to protect Romo. Smith proved to be a great blocker and hopefully he will help out on the blind side but Free gave up one too many big hits over the year.
I've heard a lot of talk about David DeCastro being a possible first round pick for the Cowboys but they don't need a guard anymore. They will probably use that first pick to bring in a defensive end. Once they move Jay Ratliff to the other end spot and start Sean Lissemore at the nose guard position, they can rotate the new end in and out with Jason Hatcher to give the Cowboys a nice defensive front three.
That means that Dallas still needs to find a center and that will probably come in the NFL Draft. I don't mind Costa getting another chance and Kevin Kowalski is also there but they have got to get a big, tough body in the position. I also don't trust Free at either tackle position, so I'd like to see an upgrade there too through the draft.
Things are shaping up but there is still some work to be done on the Cowboys' offensive line.
Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and has been a Dallas Cowboys' fan since he was a child. His favorite players range from Roger Staubach and Tony Dorsett to the Triplets of the 90s and he enjoys talking about all Cowboys' related news, good or bad
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