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Cowboys 2018 Free Agents: OT Byron Bell

became a problem position for the in 2018. One guy who helped the situation was veteran backup . He is now a , but Dallas could may be interested in bringing him back next year.

Bell was signed last March to provide depth and insurance on the . He had experience at both and , starting almost every game since entering the NFL in 2011. Byron had missed all of 2016 with an ankle while a member of the .

After spending the first part of the year at the bottom of the , Bell was called into duty after a disastrous performance by in the team's Week 10 game against the . With starting left injured, Green got the start and was obliterated by Falcons to the tune of six .

Byron got the start the following week against the , and he was clearly better than Green. He would remain the team's swing tackle the rest of the season and got another start in the meaningless finale.

Byron Bell, Cardinals
Dallas Cowboys OT Byron Bell (Aaron M. Sprecher via AP)

Now Byron Bell is a 29-year-old free agent. With Chaz Green seemingly a failed experiment, Dallas has to figure out what to do about their depth behind Tyron Smith and . Could they be in the market to re-sign Bell?

Given his vast starting experience and position flexibility, Byron may have some other suitors in . Offensive linemen age slower than other positions, so 29 isn't the same mark of death that a or corner might deal with.

A likely scenario here is that Dallas, assuming they'd like to have Bell back at all, would let him test free agency and then hopefully re-sign him later in the to a minimal contract. Like last year, he would make sense for insurance at the position and especially if the team is going to part ways with Green.

What's more, Byron has increased value after a year in the Cowboys system. Also, in 2017 he was coming off an entirely missed season with the ankle injury. He's a more attractive asset in 2018.

That increased value could be seen by other teams, too. While Bell has had his ups and downs, he's accomplished enough that his name will be noticed among other . A team with major needs on the offensive line might even consider him to compete for a starting job.

We don't know what the Cowboys' interest level is in bringing Byron Bell back, but they may have competition for his services. Given the role he filled to finish 2017, he could wind up an underrated free agent departure this offseason.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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Tommy Davis

Mr. Haymie, Byron Bell was terrible last year, Dak Prescott was under constant pressure and was sacked more often when either Bell or Green was in the lineup. It looked like a jailbreak rushing the quarterback. Bell is extremely slow and unable to move his feet quick enough to keep rushers in front of him. Green is injury prone and does not possess the strength needed to hold off rushers.The Cowboys need to improve the backup guard and tackle positions via the draft or free agency.

Donnie Fluellen

He was coming off a previous season ending ankle injury in 2016. Give the guy another chance, for at least a year , 1 yr contract!

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