The Cowboys are mulling their options on what to do with free agent left tackle Flozell Adams.
They could use a franchise tag on him, which would guarantee him a one-year salary of about $9 million.
Or they could allow him to hit the free agent market, which is what a few NFL sources believed they were going to do, to see what his value is.
Adams is going to want a multi-year deal, but his days of a five-year contract are probably over. If he does sign a five-year deal, he'll only see a few years of that contract before he's released.
His value may have peaked. Adams, who has completely come back from a torn ACL in his knee suffered in 2005, is coming off one of his best NFL seasons and was voted to start in the Pro Bowl. But he is going to be 33 in May and this is usually the age when players begin to fade.
At 6-foot-7, 340 pounds, however, he is going to be an in-demand player on the free agent market.
What the Cowboys don't know is how great the demand will be. Left tackles don't grow on trees, but if Flo' has peaked evaluating this investment is tricky.
Do the Cowboys keep him around for one more season in hopes of making the Super Bowl they feel that they should have reached this season?
Or do the Cowboys elect to let Flo' go, and finally look at some of the prospects behind him?
That list includes former seventh round pick Pat McQuistan, who just finished his second NFL season. But he has to take take a single meaningful down.
It also includes last year's fourth round pick in Doug Free. He was having an outstanding training camp last fall until he suffered an injury that set him back. He's been healthy, but he has yet to play.
The Cowboys are itching to see if either of these two prospects have a legit shot at developing into a quality left tackle; the question is do they scratch that itch this season, or bring Adams back for another go?
- Mac Engel