Free welcomes challenge from Barron

Cowboys' starting left tackle job won't be handed out, it will have to be earned

Updated: May 17, 2010, 11:38 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- In the words of Jerry Jones, Doug Free's fingerprints were all over the decision to release longtime left tackle Flozell Adams.

That doesn't mean the Dallas Cowboys intend to just hand the job to Free, which is fine with the fourth-year tackle who hopes to become a full-time starter for the first time.

"I don't care if they pencil you in as a starter," Free said after Monday's opening of organized team activities. "If you don't play well and you don't practice well, ...

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