Dallas Cowboys: Kevin Mawae

Don't expect Cowboys to sign center soon

August, 19, 2010
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys aren't in panic mode about their backup center situation.

The plan was to prepare Kyle Kosier to slide over to center in case something happened to Andre Gurode. Wade Phillips said he still feels confident that Kosier can play center in a pinch even though Kosier has never had a game rep at the position and will miss the next four to six weeks while recovering from a sprained MCL in his right knee.

The Cowboys plan to evaluate undrafted rookie Phil Costa for at least another game or two before deciding whether they need to pursue other options at the position.

It's likely that the Cowboys would wait until after final cuts the first week of September if they sign another center. The front office doesn't see a good fit who is available right now.

The Cowboys are still not interested in unemployed eight-time Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae. They put the 39-year-old Mawae in the same category as Flozell Adams -- old offensive linemen who had outstanding careers, as in past tense. They believe Mawae's ability has declined significantly despite him being voted into the Pro Bowl the last two seasons.

Free-agent series: Offensive line

March, 5, 2010
We conclude the five-part series with the start of free agency. It started at 11:01 Thursday night, but you get the idea. The last part of our series is the offensive line.

The unrestricted free agent: Guard Montrae Holland.

Bring him back? Nope. The Cowboys traded for Holland in August 2008 and he played six games. The Cowboys brought him back for 2009, and he was inactive for all 18 games.

[+] EnlargeCory Procter
AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt Chances are good that Cory Procter will be on the Cowboys' active roster in 2010.
What happened with the restricted free agents? Guard Cory Procter was given a second-round tender worth $1.809 million, tackle Pat McQuistan was given an original tender (seventh round compensation) worth $1.176 million and center/guard Duke Preston was given an original tender (fourth round compensation).

Which restricted free agents have a future?: The Cowboys like Procter, since he's the backup center, so there's a good chance he'll be on the active roster in 2010. McQuistan and Preston are unknowns because of the uncertainty of what the Cowboys might do in the draft.

Who is out there?: It seems Jerry Jones wants competition at the offensive line positions. He saw what Doug Free did last season by taking over for an injured Marc Colombo and was encouraged by the fact he could play at left tackle in 2010.

"In the offensive line, we've got to have a plan on some competition there," Jones said. "That will be a focal point."

There are some pretty good offensive linemen that are unrestricted such as G Bobbie Williams and C Kevin Mawae but it seems Dallas wants to build in the draft when it comes to this unit.