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The devil you know - Doug Free

6a00e54f7fc4c5883301901b7d6c59970b-300wiDallas Cowboys right tackle Doug Free obviously saw the money on the wall, and rather than stick to his principles he wisely chose the bigger check and elected to take a pay cut to remain with the team.

Basically, he has one year to prove he can play.

The Cowboys preferred to keep him around because they saw improvement from Free late in the '12 season, and it is usually better to keep the guy you know than roll the dice on a veteran free agent you don't.

Neither option guaranteed much more than adequate play.

According to NFL savant Mr. Clarence E. Hill Jr., Free is took a new two-year deal worth $7 million. Only half of this contract is guaranteed, which means the Cowboys are already looking to replace him.

At this price, the Cowboys can rotate Free with Jermey Pernell, such as they did at times last season, without feeling like they are burning money.

As bad as Free was at times last season, there was some feeling he improved in December. That he was a pro, and this was not a case of a player who dogged it. The fear is that he simply was not strong enough to play the position, and his footwork is not adequate.

Expect him to start at right tackle, but do not expect the leash to be long.

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I don't know where you get "instead of sticking to his principles." The easy thing to do would be to just keep the money and get cut, take his guarantees, accelerated bonus money, and sign cheap with somebody else for cheap and laugh all the way to the bank. I guess it depends on what your principles are. Seems like Free stuck to his. Not everyone is all about money.

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