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March 14, 2007

Cowboys offseason

Guard Marco Rivera isn't ready to retire. He may not be moving around like a spry college kid, but he doesn't sound like a man who plans to quit any time soon. Even if he has had the same surgery on the same disc in his back in each of the past two years.

But his decision not to retire - or even sound like it - puts the Cowboys in an odd spot.

To keep him or not to keep him? He may be an expensive backup. But that apparently is the price of flexibility.

Here are the offensive linemen with set positions next season: Flozell Adams at left tackle, Andre Gurode at center and Leonard Davis at either guard or tackle. Davis is better off at guard.

Now, what do the Cowboys do? Leave Kyle Kosier at left guard and Marc Colombo at right tackle? Or do they put Colombo at guard, and move Davis to right tackle?

As you can see, there are many options. And all of them are expensive. But this flexibility depends on Rivera, his surgically repaired back, and whether he can pass a physical.

- Mac Engel


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