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@toddarcher: Scroll down to the next question for an option as the backup guard/center plan. If Jonathan Cooper doesn’t come back, then I think they stick with Joe Looney in the same role he had in 2016. But the right tackle spot is something that needs watching. In my opinion, too many people are ready to kick Doug Free to the curb. He’s entering the final year of his deal, and if the Cowboys moved on they would save $5 million against the cap -- but they would also create a hole on their line. Free is a serviceable player, and too many people don’t believe that. Look at some of the right tackles out there. Now, can the Cowboys get better? Sure. A couple years ago they hoped Chaz Green would be the right tackle of the future when they took him in the third round, but he has not been able to stay healthy in his first two years. While much of the early-draft focus has been on the defensive side of the ball, I think the Cowboys could look for a right tackle at No. 28. Perhaps Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk would be a fit in the bottom end of the first round. It worked with another Badger in 2013 with Travis Frederick. Ramczyk could come in and learn from Free, or if Ramczyk proves he is ready to be the guy, they could make Free the swing tackle on game day. I’m not ready to move on from Green, but until he shows he can stay healthy I don’t know how they can write his name in anything other than pencil at this point.
@toddarcher: Absolutely they will try, but I think it will come down to opportunity for Cooper. He enjoyed his short time with the Cowboys. They enjoyed him. But if he can find a place where he will start, I think he would take that opportunity. With La'el Collins returning to health, there’s not an open spot on the line. The Cowboys would like to bring Cooper back for the same reason they put the second-round tender on Ronald Leary last year: They would like to have insurance in case of injury. One spot where Cooper would offer more of an advantage than Leary is that he can play center. That would likely get him on the gameday roster as the swing interior lineman.
@toddarcher: If you’ve heard zero talk about it, then you haven’t read this space. He is absolutely an option for the backup role in 2017. He was the No. 2 entering last season and broke his ankle in the first week of training camp. He is set to be a free agent, but the Cowboys would value him more than anybody else because of offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. I think Moore will be back with the Cowboys, but I don’t think that would preclude the Cowboys from adding another veteran or selecting a quarterback in the draft. Moore knows what Linehan wants better than any quarterback expected to remain with the Cowboys in 2017. Moore knows his limitations and showed some ability late in the 2015 season. Whenever his career ends, I can see him sliding into a coaching role somewhere at the major college or NFL level. He’s that smart.