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Could a Former Division Rival be Cowboys’ LG Solution?

When it comes to prioritizing the needs, offensive is definitely near the top of the list. Opinions will certainly vary, but for me, solidifying the with a new starting is the top priority for the Cowboys.

I know many of you will disagree and believe the Dallas Cowboys need to continue to upgrade their . But, this teams success or failure will be determined by how their offensive line performs. That's just the way the Cowboys are built, which is why they have invested so heavily putting this unit together.

Four out of five of the Dallas Cowboys starting offensive line is set in stone, but there is currently no one on the roster to step into the vacant left guard position unless you want to see the give another try.

No, I didn't think so.

With the start of the 2018 just a few weeks away, the Dallas Cowboys have certainly narrowed down some of the potential they would be interested in bringing aboard if the price is right. Remember, they have turned into “bargain shoppers”.

There are a few intriguing options who I believe could step in to upgrade the LG position for the Cowboys next season, and not break the bank. One such option is a former division rival of the , .

Justin Pugh
New York Giants OL Justin Pugh

The former 19th overall pick in the 2013 has spent five years in New York while playing out his rookie contract, but that time has come to an end. The Giants aren't likely to re-sign him, which means he will get his first taste of free agency.

Justin Pugh could step in and be an immediate upgrade over what the Dallas Cowboys employed at the left guard position in 2017. He has exceptional mobility. He reaches the second level with ease and plays with good body control and footwork. He is a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme like the Cowboys employ.

Pugh is also versatile. He has played both and for the Giants. He of course would be asked to play between and at LG with the Cowboys, but versatility to play another position is never a bad thing.

Unfortunately, Pugh doesn't come without baggage. He has missed a total of 13 games over the last two seasons with the Giants, including eight last season due to a back . This is definitely a huge red flag, especially for the Cowboys after dealing with the same issue with Tyron Smith.

But, this is why Justin Pugh will likely be in the Cowboys price range. Sportrac currently estimates his contract at 4 years at $23,983,847, which equates to $5,995,968 annually. I personally think that's a little low for someone of Pugh's caliber and versatility, but it certainly understandable when you take into account his recent injury .

I personally think this is a longshot to happen because  the Cowboys would prefer to go younger and cheaper, but it wouldn't surprise me.

Do you think Justin Pugh makes sense for the Cowboys?

Brian Martin
Brian Martin
Level C2/C3 quadriplegic. College graduate with a bachelors degree in sports and health sciences-concentration sports management. Sports enthusiast. Dallas Cowboys fanatic. Lover of life with a glass half-full point of view.

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siempre44

The biggest issue for the Boy’s is not guard but both tackles. Tyron Smith seldom practiced and missed games due to back issues. This is now year 2 of deterioration and backs do not get better after 2 years of getting worse. The team downplayed this but abysmal L tackle play cost 2 games outright last season. Add that Collins at R tackle has a bad back and missed practice and games and tackle becomes the key need. Now, good coaches can build a good line off two all pros at R guard and center in Frederick and Martin, but we have seen the clueless Boy’s coaching must have 5 superior lineman . Bad coaches have to have better players…so draft another tackle.

Damon Battle

Ummm..La’el played all 16 in 2017..missed some practice but no game time sir..Prescott was sacked 32 times last season..and most of those came from the LG, LT spot (Tyron was oft. injured) this has gotta be somebodies burner account..or somebody who doesn’t watch much film..LG is our definite area of improvement Justin Pugh is cool but if Will Hernandez is on the board at 19 Dallas would be foolish to pass up on him.

John McClain

Why not bring back Jonathan Cooper

Mr. Jaguar

No to many red flags. Need to use the draft get younger stronger and cheaper.

EverybodyTalks

I do agree the Guard is one of our top concerns in 2018. Much rather see us bring back Jonathon Cooper and use the draft to get a developmental guard/center (Price or Daniels in the 2nd rd) or OT/G. I think Wynn and Hernandez will both be gone by #50 and yet I don’t think either are worthy of the #19 pick. It depends on how the draft selections fall before #19, plus how free agency goes for the Cowboys in retaining the players we had in 2017.

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