Share Tweet Dallas Cowboys Player Profile: T #68 Doug Free #68 Doug Free Height: 6-6 Weight: 318 Age: 32 Position: Right Tackle College: Northern Illinois Exp: 10 Years Doug Free was born in Manitowoc, Wisconsin on January 16, 1984. He played collegiately at Northern Illinois University. He is currently an offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, who drafted him in the fourth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. High School Doug Free attended Lincoln High School in a Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He excelled on the football field as well as in the classroom during his high school career. Free not only lettered three times in football at Lincoln High School, but was also an honor student. As a defensive tackle in 2002, Free led the team to a 7-3 record and a playoff berth, recording 64 tackles, eight sacks, seven blocked kicks, six forced fumbles, six pass deflections, and two fumble recoveries. He also had six receptions for 141 yards and one touchdown as a tight end on offense. As a senior, he was the team captain and was named defensive lineman of the year. He also earned first-team All-Fox Valley Conference honors on offense and defense, first-team Herald Times Reporter all-area honors, and Milwaukee Journey Sentinel all-state honors. Upon the completion of his high school career, Doug Free accepted a scholarship to Northern Illinois University. College/NCAA Doug Free was redshirted his first year at Northern Illinois, but was forced to start at right tackle as a freshman after Shea Fitzgerald was killed along with 12 others, when a back porch collapsed in Lincoln Park. He started all 12 games following his redshirt season, the first two at right tackle, the next nine at left tackle, and the last at tight end. He was named to the Freshman All-America third-team by The Sporting News. Free earned Sophomore All-American third-team honors from College Sports Report and was named second-team All-Mid American Conference by the league’s coaches. As a junior, he started 12 games at left tackle and earned first-team All-Mid American Conference honors. He was also nominated for MAC All-Academic honors and CoSIDA District V All-Academic honors after earning a 3.24 grade point average in industrial technology. As a senior, he earned first-team All-Mid American Conference and Academic All-MAC honors. He was also a member of the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch List. During his time at Northern Illinois, Doug Free started a total of 49 games and was a semifinalist for the Draddy Award, which recognizes academic success, football performance, and exemplary community service. 2007 NFL Draft The Dallas Cowboys drafted Doug Free in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft with the hopes of developing him into a key member along the offensive line. NFL Career Doug Free started his first preseason game as a rookie, but suffered a knee sprain that would eventually delay his development and cause him to be inactive for the first 15 games of the season. He did, however, receive some playing time at right tackle in the fourth quarter of the last game of the year. In 2008, Free was inactive for 13 games and didn’t receive much playing time. It wasn’t until the next season — in 2009 — he got the chance to play, filling in for the injured Marc Colombo. He started seven games that season and performed at a high level, allowing only one quarterback sack. The Dallas Cowboys decided to release long-time left tackle Flozell Adams on April 1, 2010 and named Doug Free the starting left tackle in his place. Free would go on to be recognized as one of the best players in the league at his position. The Dallas Cowboys signed Doug Free to a four-year $32 million contract on July 26, 2011 to keep him from hitting the free agent market. His play seemed to regress a little that season, causing him to move back to right tackle in 2012. The move back to right tackle in 2012 didn’t seem to help his regression and he split time with Jermey Parnell. Sharing playing time, Free still gave up seven QB sacks, five holding penalties, and seven false starts. After the season, he accepted a reduced salary in order to avoid being waived. In 2013, his play improved and he once again became one of the more consistent offensive lineman on the team. In 2014, he struggled with injuries and missed a total of seven games, including two playoff games. He would end up having off-season surgery to help repair a stress fracture in his left ankle. On March 7, 2015, the Dallas Cowboys re-signed him to a three-year $15 million contract. He started all 16 games at right tackle, but led the team with nine penalties. Contract Status The Dallas Cowboys signed Doug Free to a three-year $15 million contract extension with $6 million guaranteed on March 7, 2015. Free will make an average of $5 million per season. This contract makes him the 12th highest-paid of 91 right tackles in the NFL. In 2016, Doug Free’s base salary is $4 million with a cap hit of $5,500,000. In 2017, his base salary is $5 million and he has a cap hit of $6,500,000. He will become a free agent after the 2017 season and the Dallas Cowboys are likely to move on and find someone to replace him at right tackle. Related Topics: 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. Advertisement You may like Game Notes DAL 20, OAK 17: Cowboys and Playoff Hopes Survive Wild Game Published 1 hour ago on December 17, 2017 By Jess Haynie On a night when almost everything seemed to bounce the Raiders’ way, the final crucial play went in Dallas’ favor. That proved to be all the difference, allowing the Cowboys to improve to 8-6 and keep their playoff hopes alive in a pivotal road game in Oakland. After a 55-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Jourdan Lewis moved Oakland 15 yards from the endzone, Oakland had a few shots at a game-winning touchdown before they’d attempt a tying field goal. On 3rd-and-3, Derek Carr scrambled and went for the score. He dived along the sideline and stretched the ball out toward the pylon, only to lose control. The ball left his hands, crossed the goal line, and went out the side of the endzone. Cowboys ball. Cowboys wins. That fumble was Oakland’s fourth of the night. Cordarrelle Patterson fumbled on two of his kick returns but both times the ball rolled out of bounds. Michael Crabtree also fumbled after a catch, but Dallas failed to recover it before the receiver could get back on top of the ball. Both teams were playing for their playoff lives. When the game was tied 10-10 in the 3rd quarter, Dallas faked a punt from their own 24-yard-line as Chris Jones kept the ball and ran 24 yards. The very next play, the Cowboys attempted a flea-flicker to Terrance Williams that was incomplete. It was perhaps the most aggressive series of calls we’ve seen from Dallas all year. It was a tough, ugly game. There were 21 total penalties, 14 of which surprisingly belonged to the Raiders. Oakland’s offense executed more consistently while the Cowboys still made crucial stops when needed. In the end, Dallas survived and advanced in their efforts to sneak back into the NFC playoffs. Other Notes Dak Prescott had a rough night with two interceptions and no passing touchdowns. One of those picks was due to contact on the throw, but he also missed some opportunities with errant throws and bad reads. He did run one in, though, and had 32 rushing yards total for the game. Alfred Morris and Rod Smith combined for a woeful 74 yards on 23 carries. After a few weeks of big production, this was a good reminder of why we’re so happy to have Ezekiel Elliott returning next week. While Dallas was unable to sack Derek Carr tonight, they applied a lot of pressure and forced several bad throws. Carr only completed 55% of his passes thanks to consistent heat from DeMarcus Lawrence, Sean Lee, and even Taco Charlton on a few plays. It was another solid night from the Cowboys’ young cornerbacks. Despite the big penalty on Oakland’s final drive, Lewis had a solid night all around along with Chidobe Awuzie. Anthony Brown also showed up, having a few nice deflections in crunch time. The Cowboys will head back to Dallas to reunite to with Ezekiel Elliott and prepare a welcoming party for the Seattle Seahawks next Sunday. Seattle was humiliated at home today, losing 42-7 to the visiting Rams. With the Cowboys and Seahawks now tied at 8-6, Dallas can bury them next week with a victory. Continue Reading Game Notes Cowboys and Raiders Offer Many Parallels Published 10 hours ago on December 17, 2017 By Jess Haynie For only the 12th time since their first meeting in 1974, the Dallas Cowboys and the Oakland Raiders will face off tonight in what will likely be a season-ending game for the loser. Two of the NFL’s premiere franchises, the Cowboys and Raiders have lived almost entirely separate lives throughout their history. Despite that, the two organizations in many ways seem like mirror images of each other. The Raiders are up by one game, 6-5, in the previous 11 games between Dallas and Oakland. The Cowboys have won the last two matchups, both of which were in Dallas. This will be the first they’ve played in the Raiders’ stadium since 2005. WR Dez Bryant Oakland is one of only a few NFL franchises the Cowboys have a losing record against. Dallas is .500 or better against 26 the 31 other teams in the league. The only other franchises with winning records against the Cowboys are the Baltimore Ravens (4-1), Cleveland Browns (17-14). Denver Broncos (8-5), and the Green Bay Packers (19-17). Throughout NFL history, perhaps now two owners have challenged the establishment more than the Cowboys’ Jerry Jones and the late Al Davis of the Raiders. Davis sued the NFL in 1980 when his efforts to most the team to Los Angeles were blocked. This year, Jerry Jones threatened litigation against the league for how the commissioner’s contract negotiations were being handled. in 2017, the Cowboys and Raiders were both Super Bowl contenders who have had disappointing the seasons. They go into this week at 7-6 and 6-7 respectively, nearly even, and with similarly slim hopes of still making the playoffs. Both may be still be able to sneak in if they keep winning, but help from other teams is also needed. QB Dak Prescott Even their quarterbacks can be compared. Dak Prescott and Derek Carr are two of the top young stars at QB in the game but have had adversity this year. Carr has been trying to bounce back from a major leg injury last year that cut short his breakout season. Prescott, a rookie sensation in 2016, has had to fight the sophomore slump while also dealing with the loss of offensive MVP Ezekiel Elliott. If that wasn’t enough, both their first names start with a “D” and end with a “K.” Mind-blowing stuff, huh? All kidding aside, both Dallas and Oakland entered 2017 with championship goals and have had tough blows along the way. Both will be without key players tonight; Dallas still missing Elliott while the Raiders won’t have franchise receiver Amari Cooper. These personnel issues have plagued their seasons and left both on the brink of playoff elimination. Who stays alive tonight? For two teams that only see each other every four years, this reunion is of incredible importance to both their immediate futures. Continue Reading Game Notes Cowboys, Raiders Week 15 Injury Report Published 11 hours ago on December 17, 2017 By Jess Haynie Tonight’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and Oakland Raiders features two teams still hanging on to slim playoff hopes. Both will have to try to keep their seasons alive without some key players, according the final injury report for Week 15. Dallas Cowboys WR Brice Butler (foot) – OUT TE James Hanna (knee) – Questionable OT Tyron Smith (back) – Questionable OT La’el Collins (back) – Questionable DL David Irving (concussion) – OUT DT Maliek Collins (foot) – Questionable LB Sean Lee (hamstring/back) – Questionable LB Justin Durant (concussion) – OUT CB Orlando Scandrick (back) – OUT Don’t be worried by any of the key “questionable” players. They’re all dealing with nagging injuries and will likely be on the injury report the rest of the year. There is no indication that Sean Lee, Maliek Collins, or either of the starting offensive tackles will miss the game. Brice Butler will miss his return game against his former team, which is more sad for him than any real issue for the Cowboys. Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown could see some more usage on offensive as a result. Missing David Irving will hurt as Dallas needs to get pressure on Derek Carr. Coupled with Orlando Scandrick’s absence, the Raiders could be dangerous with their passing game. Thankfully, some of this is offset by their star receiving also missing the game. Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) – OUT TE Clive Walford (concussion/neck) – OUT C/G Jon Feliciano (concussion) – Questionable DL Mario Edwards Jr (ankle) – OUT DL Denico Autry (hand/ankle) – Questionable CB David Amerson (foot) – Questionable S Ofi Melifonwu (hip) – OUT DB Keith McGill (knee) – Questionable The big news here is obviously Cooper being out. Michael Crabtree can still ball but Cooper is one of the top receivers in the game. Dallas’ young corners can breathe easier now. The big injury on defense is Edwards, the son of the former Cowboys cornerback. He’s started all 13 games this year for Oakland. They also could be without starting corner David Amerson due to a foot injury. That could help Dak Prescott to keep the momentum going from his statistical breakthrough last week. 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