Dallas Cowboys: 4 veterans to kick to the curb

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Dallas Cowboys vets who gotta go

Joe Looney, OL

Joe Looney is a tough guy to dislike. The spherically shaped interior offensive lineman has been a fan favorite throughout his Cowboys tenure. The jovial interior presence has lightened training camps and practices and his ability to play both guard and center has made him a valuable piece to the Dallas game day rosters.

Looney has played the majority of Dallas’ center snaps this year and has graded out as 32nd of 36 in PFF’s grades.  At age 31 Joe Looney doesn’t offer much upside and is in “he is what he is” territory. He’s sure to latch on with some franchise this offseason, but that shouldn’t be Dallas.

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The Dallas Cowboys invested in center Tyler Biadasz in last year’s draft. The rookie has displayed enough skill and upside to be penciled in as the early favorite to start at center next year. The Cowboys also have Connor McGovern developing nicely. McGovern can compete at guard with Connor Williams, but McGovern also has center experience from his days back at Penn State. He should be able to press both Williams and Biadasz for jobs next year and altogether they offer Dallas a deep and versatile unit. Joe Looney is a progress stopper at this point.

Big Changes

All in all, there will be big changes on the Dallas Cowboys roster this offseason. With this disappointing season will come turnover. And with Dak Prescott’s increasing price tag, The Cowboys are sure to part with more costly veterans.

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Expect a youth movement in Dallas. A few outside veterans will be brought in (probably at DT) but this season’s draft will do most of the heavy lifting.