Cowboys' interest in OL Brown was mild

June, 21, 2010
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There is a report, if you will, saying the Cowboys showed interest in newly traded left tackle Jamaal Brown, who was sent from the Saints to the Redskins over the weekend.

Well, we've been told by a source that the Saints approached the Cowboys prior to the draft about Brown but the Cowboys' interest was mild at best.

The Cowboys have said all along they wanted Doug Free to become the starting left tackle after they released Flozell Adams. When the team traded Bobby Carpenter for Alex Barron, that deal was designed to get a durable player with some experience to become the swing tackle.

If Free should fail to hold onto the starting job, then Barron is the logicial choice to start on the left side. As far as the right tackle spot goes, Marc Colombo, one of the toughest offensive linemen on the squad, probably came back to soon from his leg injuries of 2009. The team is still high on Colombo, but Robert Brewster is the backup at right tackle and he's at least a year away from challenging for a starting job.

It's easy for the Cowboys to dip into the free agency pot for players, but it seems the organization is looking at its draft picks and undrafted free agents to see if they can become starters.

Case in point concerns the safety position. The Cowboys could go after O.J. Atogwe, but there's a reason Alan Ball (2007 seventh-round pick) and Michael Hamiln (2009 fifth-round pick) are hanging around: The Cowboys think they can play.

Same goes for Free, a fourth-round pick in 2007, who replaced Colombo on the right side last year. He received a very high grade from the coaches, and one front-office person told me Free was one of the best linemen they had.

NFL teams talk to each other all the time, that's not news. The only news is when teams decide to make a deal, and in the case of Brown, it didn't come close to happening.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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