- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Cowboys have said they want to keep starting right tackle Doug Free.
However, if Free doesn't take a pay cut, there are a few options for the Cowboys:
1. They release Free and he becomes a post-June 1 cut and saves the team $7 million against the salary cap.
2. Free remains with the team at a reduced salary and competes with Jermey Parnell for the starting right tackle spot.
3. If the Cowboys cut Free the starting right tackle might not be on the roster. Yes, the team likes Free but there is interest in Eric Winston and Tyson Clabo. But even those two players might not be around if and when the Cowboys get around to making a decision on Free.
"A lot of moving parts with Doug and there is some competitive aspect of the thing going and coming here as well with other clubs," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones told team season-ticket holders and sponsors during a Wednesday conference call. "We certainly have for the right situation, have a way here that Doug in my mind (can) flourish and it has to do with Parnell being here as well."
The Cowboys have said they want to keep starting right tackle Doug Free. However, if Free doesn't take a pay cut, there are a few options for the Cowboys:1.