Mackenzy Bernadeau, a 7th round pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2008, is entering his 7th season in the NFL. Signing with the Dallas Cowboys in 2012 he has managed to establish himself a starter despite very questionable play.
Last season modest improvement was seen but nothing to instill excitement. Mack, 28, redid his contract earlier this offseason in order to remain on the team in 2014. He will now cost a modest $2.9M against the cap in 2014 (down from over $4M) and $2.8M in 2015 (down from over $4.5M). While certainly not chump change, these salaries are relative steals for a starting guard. Bargain or not, if Bernadeau doesn’t play well, it’s a waste of money.
It’s hard to imagine the 6’4” 333lb Bernadeau lacking the necessary skills to man the guard position, but at times it seems that way. Mack struggles in short yardage run blocking situations and pass blocking power rushers. His technique is inconsistent and concentration varies from play to play and game to game.
Mack is the most replaceable player on the Dallas Cowboy offensive line and has likely reached his maximum potential. Seven years in the league and he appears to be a great depth guy but hardly starter quality. The Cowboys have him locked in for a reasonable salary for the next two years. Even if the Cowboys replace him in the starting lineup he would likely stay on the roster as a primary backup at guard and possibly center.
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