Friday, August 3, 2012
Cowboys add Derrick Dockery, Daniel Loper
By Todd Archer
OXNARD, Calif. -- Needing to shore up their interior offensive line because of injuries early in training camp, the Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms with veterans Derrick Dockery and Daniel Loper on one-year contracts Friday.
Montrae Holland, who started 11 games last season for the Cowboys, also worked out Friday but the team was not willing to add play-time incentives to his contract if he would become a starter. While owner and general manager Jerry Jones said it was possible Holland could still be added, Holland tweeted after practice a deal would not work out.
To make room for Loper and Dockery, the Cowboys released tight end John Nalbone, who missed the last three days because of personal reasons, and placed wide receiver Cole Beasley on the reserve/left squad list. Because of league rules, Loper and Dockery will not be able to practice in pads until Monday.
Of the three, Holland looked to have the best workout and was in terrific shape. He said he actually weighs more (329) now than he did last year (322), but he has become stronger.
“Absolutely,” Holland said when asked if he wanted to re-join the Cowboys. “I’m from East Texas. I grew up a Cowboys fan. What do you mean? Of course I want to be here. I just let them do the business part.”
The Cowboys were in need of bodies after losing Bill Nagy (ankle) and Nate Livings (hamstring) to injuries in Oxnard, Calif. Mackenzy Bernadeau (hip/knee) and Kevin Kowalski (ankle) were placed on the physically unable to perform list before the team headed to California.
Dockery, a Garland native, said he has been working out and waiting for the phone to ring.
“I wasn't surprised,” Dockery said. “It's the nature of the beast, things happen. I’m excited to be back with the Cowboys, NFC East, great team, great organization, great ownership. I'm looking forward to it.”