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Doug Free Officially Placed on Reserve/Retired List by Cowboys

We've known for some time now that the best in the NFL – that of the – will be playing with a new starter at after veteran announced his early in March. However, until today's news that Free has officially been placed by the team on the Reserved/Retired list, there was a window of doubt cracked open for the 33-year-old lineman to return to the team after the rigors of .

That window is now slammed shut, and the Cowboys have prepared themselves in to transition away from Doug Free without having to spend premium draft capital. OT Byron Bell was added from the to compete with projected RT starter , and Emmett Cleary remains on the Cowboys roster after impressing in a week 17 start for on the left side.

This move by the Cowboys opens up an additional $5 million in cap space, which will likely help in the rookie class about to be drafted starting tonight. When this is all said and done, it is certainly possible that Dallas has a fresh face on the at , but it is not a pressing need thanks to a solid strategy by this that has worked over the past seasons.

Even without Doug Free, who is now officially retired, the Space Cowboys will be just fine moving forward.

Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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