Cowboys Keep Doug Free With 3-Year Deal

IRVING - The Cowboys pledged to 'prioritize their own' in free agency and pledged to keep their dominant offensive line together. They have done so with the Saturday morning agreement to a three-year deal with Doug Free, as Dallas COO Stephen Jones tells CowboysHQ.

The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement on a contract with veteran offensive lineman Doug Free, thus keeping one of the three best right tackles in free agency off the market and keeping together one of football's best O-lines.

Free is the "Big Daddy'' of the meeting room and to the Cowboys, just entering his prime at age 31. He's been a starter since 2009 and has been an iron man, missing just five games during that time -- all of them in 2014, when he was limited by foot and ankle problems.

Free underwent surgery on the ankle this offseason.

Stephen Jones, the Cowboys COO, tells me this is a three-year contract with Free, who joins Pro Bowlers Smith, Frederick and Martin in the standout line, along with Ron Leary, who is also returning to the club. Our man Bryan Broaddus suggests to us this is a $5-mil-a-year contract.

This move lessens the likelihood of swing tackle Parnell returning to the Cowboys, but also frees Dallas up to further focus on "B.A.A.'' in the early rounds of the NFL Draft.

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