Former Pro Bowl tackle Lincoln Kennedy negotiated his release from the Oakland Raiders this weekend and will on Monday morning contact the Cowboys about a tryout, TheRanchReport.com has learned.
"I want to play in a win a Super Bowl,'' Kennedy told us in a statement released by his agent. "I want to help a contender.''
And he would love for that contender to be the Cowboys, a team that agent Scott Casterline has ties with, a team that has toyed with the idea of exploring more help at the tackle position.
Flozell Adams returned to work for the first time Sunday and looked a bit sluggish, though he is expected to work himself back to standout-level. Rob Petitti is trying to win the right tackle job (and has earned coach Bill Parcells' praise). Marc Colombo, Jason Fabini (not in the coach's favor at this moment) and rookie Pat McQuistan are candidates for backup jobs.
Kennedy, 33, has been out of football for two years and most recently was a commentator for NFL Network (he was not renewed for this season). A former Falcons No. 1 draft pick, he's been mostly a right tackle in his career. He's massive – Casterline says he's in shape at 6-7 and about 380 – which obviously fits one requirement of the job.
The Cowboys had given some thought to looking at free-agent vet Adam Meadows, but Parcells this weekend scoffed at the idea because of Meadows' lack of bulk.
Kennedy doesn't have that problem. And he sounds motivated.
"I've spent the whole spring getting in shape,'' he said, while Casterline spent the spring negotiating with the NFL commissioner's office to secure Kennedy's release from the Raiders. "I've got the ability and the desire to play.''
Former Pro Bowl OL Contacting Dallas
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