IRVING, Texas -- Ronald Leary has requested a trade from the Dallas Cowboys and has been a no-show for the offseason program, including the start of organized team activities Tuesday, according to sources.
Leary signed his restricted free-agent tender worth $2.553 million before the draft in hopes of facilitating a trade. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team received a few inquiries during the three-day draft but they would not just “give away” Leary. He is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after the season.
The only part of the offseason program that is mandatory for players to attend is the June minicamp. If Leary does not show up for the camp, he would be subject to a fine because he signed the tender.
The Tennessee Titans lost left guard Byron Bell on Tuesday for the season because of a dislocated ankle. Earlier this offseason, the Titans traded for DeMarco Murray, whom Leary helped run for an NFL-high 1,845 yards in 2014.
Leary started every game he played in 2013 and 2014 (31) at left guard and opened last season as the starter but was eventually replaced by La’el Collins, who signed a fully-guaranteed contract as an undrafted rookie. Leary started four games and was inactive for 12.
Leary is looking at a backup role again in 2016 and the Cowboys signed Joe Looney as a backup guard/center to replace Mackenzy Bernadeau, who left as a free agent this offseason with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Since Leary does not have any center experience, he would likely be inactive on game day since the Cowboys generally dress only seven offensive linemen on the 46-man roster.
Leary joined the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012, receiving more than $200,000 guaranteed. He spent that season on the practice squad before becoming a starter in 2013.