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Cowboys Visit w/ Free Agent OT Sam Tevi

Even with the 2022 coming next week the are still putting some energy to free agency. Yesterday Dallas had a visit with veteran Offensive Sam Tevi, who’s previously played for the Colts and Chargers.

Tevi, a 6th-round pick for Los Angeles in 2017, became a full-time starter for the Chargers during his second season. He got his first NFL start as a , spelling for one game at , and returned to the first-team lineup again in Week 2 of 2018 when Joe Barksdale.

Sam started 15 games as a sophomore and even kept the job once Barksdale was healthy again. He would remain the Chargers’ starting RT from 2019-2020 as well.

As a in 2021, Tevi signed a one-year deal with the Colts to compete for their swing tackle job. He suffered a torn ACL in the finale and missed the entire season.

Michael Gehlken on Twitter: “Cowboys hosted ex-Colts and Chargers OT Sam Tevi on a visit today. No deal is imminent between the sides at this time, source said. Visit more of a medical check-in after Tevi tore his ACL last August during the preseason. / Twitter”

Cowboys hosted ex-Colts and Chargers OT Sam Tevi on a visit today. No deal is imminent between the sides at this time, source said. Visit more of a medical check-in after Tevi tore his ACL last August during the preseason.

Despite his starting experience in Los Angeles, Tevi is generally seen as a swing tackle at best. He does have the versatility to play either side but, like most backup tackles, is better on the right side than left.

With La’el Collins gone and expected to start in 2022, Dallas is looking for some additional OT depth. hasn’t be re-signed as a free agent and that leaves just , a 4th-round pick last year who missed the season injured.

Even if the Cowboys didn’t feel any sparks in their visit with Tevi, it at least indicates that the team may be looking to free agency over the draft to fill their offensive tackle . Having just invested a mid-round pick in Ball a year ago, Dallas likely wants to see how he develops this season before another pick gets used.

Sam Tevi is just one of several veteran offensive tackles still on the market. Dallas likely won’t sign any of them now, waiting to see what their 2022 draft yield actually turns out to be. Several of the OL prospects this year have position flex and could give the Cowboys new options.

As has been well-documented on this site and others, ’s ability to stay healthy keeps offensive tackle at the forefront of concern. The Cowboys can’t take it lightly for as long Smith remains in Dallas, and this move at least shows they’re exploring multiple options to secure the position for next year.

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  1. I really like Smith but he hasn’t played a full season in years. Past time to get his replacement on the roster. His best days are in the rear view mirror. Unfortunate but that is the nature of the game.

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