Ronald Leary, the undrafted Guard out of Memphis, was one of the Dallas Cowboys’ biggest bargains and most reliable players in 2013. Leary, despite a degenerative knee issue, played in 990 of 997 offensive snaps in 2013. At a paltry salary of $405K he certainly proved his value.
Better yet, at age 24, it’s perfectly reasonable to expect improvement over the next few seasons as he matures more mentally and physically. His development has been steady and another full offseason of strength training should do the 6’3” 331lb lineman well.
Leary may never develop into anything more than an average NFL player but that would be an improvement over what the Cowboys have had a Guard recently. His knee is an obvious concern and will likely mean he won’t have a particularly long NFL career. But that shouldn’t get in the way of his performance now and in the near-future.
Leary is on the books for cheap again in 2014 ($495K) and will be a restricted free agent in 2015, meaning this is the year he’s looking to really establish his value. With so many weaknesses elsewhere it may be wise to continue to develop Leary and upgrade elsewhere on the offensive line in 2014
Like possibly the other Guard spot…
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