Cowboys offensive lineman Connor McGovern agrees to terms with Buffalo
One of the more versatile pieces in the Cowboys’ toolbox will be plying his trade in the AFC East next season.
The Buffalo Bills have come to terms with offensive lineman Connor McGovern, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. The 25-year-old had played in 45 games with the Cowboys after being selected out of Penn State in the third round of 2019’s NFL draft.
McGovern’s new deal will reportedly be a three-year contract worth $23 million and is expected to be made official on Wednesday when the league’s free agency period actually begins.
The #Bills have agreed to terms with G Connor McGovern on a three-year, $23 million deal, source says. Former third-round pick of the #Cowboys heading to Buffalo.
This means 50% of the Connor McGoverns available in free agency have agreed to deals.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 13, 2023
McGovern started every game of the 15 he was active for in 2022, and was on the field for over 78% of the Cowboys offense’s snaps.
His departure now turns even more of a spotlight on what the club will do regarding several of their veteran linemen. Eight-time Pro Bowler Tyron Smith could return but is thought to be in line for a restructuring of his contract. Right guard Zack Martin just got a restructured deal for what will be his 10th NFL season. Jason Peters, the team’s oldest player, is set to hit free agency. Terence Steele received a second-round tender; the club will likely wait until the summer to try to hammer out a longer pact once he’s recovered from a torn ACL. Last year’s first-round draft pick Tyler Smith showed proficiency at both left tackle and left guard.
McGovern provided key depth at guard and center and drew only two penalties over the past three seasons, but he also took snaps as a fullback and tight end in some of former offensive coordinator Kellen Moore’s special formations.
He is expected to have an opportunity to compete for a starting spot on the Bills’ offensive line in 2023 with the seemingly imminent departure of left guard Rodger Saffold.
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