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April 26, 2011

Jones proud of Cowboys' history at LT

Jerry Jones said he went a long time without worrying about one particular position on the offensive line.

The left tackle.

"In my 22 years, I don’t know that I’ve ever gone to bed worrying about protecting the passer with a left tackle," he said Tuesday at a pre-draft press conference. "That’s been quite a luxury. If you look at Tuinei and stepping on in with what we had in Flozell and we signed Larry Allen to be our left tackle. We moved him out there for a year, and he makes All-Pro. Candidly, we felt we were good about the most important part of protecting the passer."

Last season, Doug Free emerged as the Cowboys’ left tackle, encouraging Jones about the Cowboys’ approach to drafting offensive linemen.

"Not that we’re not pretty proud of Free, but under one set of circumstances we’ve got to sign Free, and in another he might be free," Jones said. "I’m not reluctant to invest a first round pick, as far as my input is concerned, on an offensive lineman."

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