The right tackle offered little of substance about his future Wednesday at The Ballpark in Arlington during the Cowboys’ charity fund raiser benefitting The Salvation Army.
“Really nothing to talk about right now,” Free said. “There’s a lot going on and stuff, but I’m just happy to be here.”
The Cowboys want to keep Free despite his struggles last season when he had a team-leading 13 penalties, including five holds, and allowed seven sacks. He played better late in the season when he played in a rotation with Jermey Parnell.
The Cowboys have asked Free to take a pay cut from the $7 million salary he is scheduled to make. He currently is slated to count $10 million against the salary cap.
Veteran right tackle Eric Winston remains a free agent. The Cowboys could sign Winston to compete with Parnell for the starting job if Free refuses the pay cut, and they decide to designate Free a post-June 1 salary cap casualty.
“You never know what might happen,” Free said when asked if he anticipated being with the Cowboys next season.
-- Charean Williams