Source: Doug Free's status is secure

March, 14, 2013
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If the Dallas Cowboys plan on making any moves in free agency, more space must be cleared as they're only roughly $175,000 under the salary cap right now.

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Right tackle Doug Free would save $7 million if he's a post June 1 cut. If the Cowboys release Free and Marcus Spears, the Cowboys would have $9 million more to play with under the league's $123 million salary cap.

However, a source said Free's status with the Cowboys, as of now, is secure.

This could change if the Cowboys believe there's a tackle worthy of selecting in the first two rounds of the draft. If that's the case, Free could be sent packing and Jermey Parnell or the draft pick would become the starter at right tackle.

Free took a step back in his development in 2012, but there is a belief that he can improve to give the Cowboys two solid tackles who can protect Tony Romo for the future.
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for ESPN.com. He joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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