Should the Cowboys keep Marc Colombo?

One thing we learned over the weekend is that the Cowboys are seeking to get younger on the offensive line. It's one reason they declined to trade with New England and Jacksonville to either move up or down in the first round.

Dallas decided to remain at No. 9 and draft USC offensive tackleTyron Smith. Right now, Smith is the starting right tackle, but he will get some looks on the left side. With Smith on the roster, it is means the employment of Marc Colombo is coming to an end.

But Colombo, who is due a $2.6 million option bonus in addition to a $1.9 million base salary this year, said he's willing to fight. He told ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer not to forget about him. It sounds as if Colombo wants to be the swing tackle, the same way Alex Barron was last season.

In fact, Barron started the season opener for an injured Colombo and had a terrible game vs. the Washington Redskins.

The Cowboys paid Barron $2.7 million last season for three holding calls and not much else. If the Cowboys want to put Colombo into a similar role as Barron's in 2011, a pay cut is necessary.

It's an interesting question that Jerry Jones isn't willing to answer right now because he's still trying to figure what the labor situation may mean.

Of course, keeping Colombo around, even at a reduced salary, could stifle the growth of Sam Young, who line coach Hudson Houck likes. It's good to have veteran players around to show the young kids how to do things, but the Cowboys should move on here.

Last year, as the season was going nowhere, the team should have played Young at one of the tackle spots. It didn't need to be for a game, but maybe a series or two for Colombo or even for Doug Free at left tackle, just to see what you have.

The Cowboys don't know what they totally have in Young because he hasn't played any regular season games with Tony Romo as the quarterback.

Colombo has been a solid player for the team and has played through injuries. But it might be time to get younger.