Our Dallas Cowboys’ free-agent grade review continues with the letters B and C:
OG, Ronald Leary (exclusive-rights)
T, Doug Free (unrestricted)
T, Jeremy Parnell (unrestricted)
CB, Sterling Moore (restricted)
DE, Anthony Spencer (unrestricted)
Similar to the A-grade, players that get B’s are ranked in the top 40 percent of their respected positions—not stellar by any means but definitely worth keeping. Though there aren’t any Pro Bowlers in this category, the three offensive lineman listed, shows the strength and efficiency of the Cowboys’ offensive line. Re-signing Leary is a forgone conclusion, determining who to keep between Free and Parnell is where it gets dicey. All indications point to retaining Free, who came into the season as the starting tackle. Nagging left ankle and foot injuries forced Dallas’ oldest linemen out of the lineup for nearly the end of the regular season—as well as their two playoff games—but during his absence, Parnell did an excellent job protecting Tony Romo and opening up holes for DeMarco Murray. Additionally, Parnell is three years younger than Free and according to Pro Football Focus, was ranked the seventh-best right tackle in the league—which will undoubtedly garner starter money. As cruel as it sounds, the Cowboys can create a reverse bidding process between the two players, where one is offered a contract financially agreeable to the team with a predetermined expiration period. Once a decision is made, they can then offer the other player something similar and go back-and-fourth until a deal is reached. Having two good tackles may not be such a bad thing after all, but it’s pretty clear one of them will not be coming back in 2015.Read more... Join the Conversation...