Dallas made an offer to the veteran guard, who lives in Waxahachie, but the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement.
“It takes two,” owner Jerry Jones said after the Cowboys’ 12-7 loss to the Cardinals. “We weren’t able to get it done. That doesn’t mean you’re not going to get it done later at all. It just means it’s not done right now.”
The Cowboys had an agreement with veteran guard Brandon Moore on Aug. 6, but Moore retired before reporting. Jones said, barring the unforeseen, the Cowboys will head into the season with what they have on the roster at guard.
Dallas remains hopeful that Nate Livings, who had right knee surgery two weeks ago, and Ron Leary, who had right knee surgery Friday, both will return before the season opener Sept. 8. Livings, who the team signed to a five-year, $18.75 million deal as a free agent in 2012, started all 16 games last season. But the Cowboys have penciled Leary, an undrafted free agent in 2012, as the starter.
“We have always had the alternative of doing what we hope happens and have Livings healthy, and we expect Leary to be healthy,” Jones said.
The Cowboys have been snake bitten at the position, with guards Kevin Kowalski (knee), Ryan Cook (back) and Ray Dominguez (shoulder) among the 16 players who didn’t dress for Saturday’s game.
-- Charean Williams