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March 25, 2012

Age and salary were factors in Cowboys' release of Kyle Kosier, continuing line makeover

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said age and salary were factor in the team’s decision to release 33-year-old offensive guard Kyle Kosier, who had two years left on his contract, another sign of the big makeover in the offensive line.

 “We signed two interior linemen in free agency, and we just felt like at this time, that was a decision we needed to make,” said Garrett, who spoke at a Nike high school football camp at Cowboys Stadium. “Money can certainly be a factor in this salary cap era, and age is certainly a factor. We’ve moved in the last year away from some of the older players we’ve had who have been really good football players for us.”

Since the eve of training camp last year, the Cowboys have said good-bye to veteran center Andre Gurode, veteran guard Leonard Davis and veteran tackle Marc Colombo. Additionally, offensive line coach Hudson Houck retired.

Kosier had been perhaps the Cowboys' most dependable lineman since they signed him as a free agent in 2006. He started 84 games for them since. But he played with foot pain all season, taking one practice off a week to get some relief. But he didn't miss a game, and playing right guard, he got credit for helping the development of rookie right tackle Tyron Smith.

Next year, Smith will move to left tackle, and Doug Free will move to right tackle. The guard spots could belong to veterans Mackenzie Bernadeau, 26, and Nate Livings, 30, who were signed in free agency to contracts totaling $30 million.

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez



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