Dallas Cowboys: Jared Gaither

Doug Free, Stephen Bowen to be targets

June, 28, 2011
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will have 10 unrestricted free agents whenever football returns, and two made the top-50 list created by Pete Prisco of CBS Sports: Doug Free and Stephen Bowen.

Free checked in at No. 14, while Bowen was No. 27. I was a little surprised Prisco did not have safety Gerald Sensabaugh on his list because I know he believes he is a decent player. Free, Bowen and Sensabaugh would be the top-three the Cowboys have to keep.

Free was the fourth tackle on the list behind Atlanta’s Tyson Clabo and Baltimore’s Jared Gaither and Marshal Yanda. I was a little surprised to see him fourth because he plays the pre-eminent position and is only 27. Gaither did not play last year because of a back injury that has since healed apparently. Clabo is a right tackle only and Prisco said Yanda might be a better guard.

Here’s what Prisco wrote about Free:
“He took over as the starter at left tackle last season and was the Cowboys best lineman. Was it a one-year thing or a sign of things to come? The Cowboys want him back.”

To me, Bowen is going to get bigger offers than many believe. Teams know how good he can be and how he has improved each year. Prisco seems to agree:
“He is an aggressive up-field end who is coming of his best season at the right time. Look for the 3-4 teams to bid his price up. He's a real free-agent sleeper.”

Cowboys talk Jared Gaither, but that's it

April, 13, 2010
Sports Illustrated's Peter King speculated the Baltimore Ravens should trade restricted free agent left tackle Jared Gaither to the Cowboys.

Gaither, in 11 games, participated in 703 snaps, 28 players played at least 1,000 snaps last season at tackle, including the since release Flozell Adams for the Cowboys.

Gaither allowed four sacks, three quarterback hits and six quarterback pressures last season.

Is Gaither the man to replace Adams?

At the start of free agency the Cowboys did talk about what kind of fit Gaither could make. It was nothing serious because the Cowboys talk all the time about players.

Here's the deal: The Cowboys just talked about Gaither internally, but didn't push anything in terms of asking to meet the man at Valley Ranch.

Doug Free is scheduled to become the starter at left tackle this season, unless the Cowboys change things up and draft a quality tackle or move someone else (Leonard Davis) to the left side.

For now, Gaither to the Cowboys won't happen.

Cowboys in market for left tackle

April, 12, 2010
When the Cowboys released left tackle Flozell Adams on Good Friday it meant Doug Free was going to move up the depth chart and become the starting left tackle for 2010.

Hold up.

The draft could halt that move, especially if Dallas selects a left tackle in the first round.

But SI's Peter King speculates that the Baltimore Ravens might work a trade with their left tackle, Jared Gaither, to the Cowboys. Gaither is a restricted free agent, who received a first round tender. The Ravens are shopping him but it's uncertain if anyone is serious about making a deal.

If Dallas trades for Gaither it pushes Free to possibly compete for the starting right tackle spot held by Marc Colombo, or back to the bench.