6 Offensive Linemen the Cowboys Must Target in Free Agency

The Cowboys can still fix their offensive line in free agency

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3. Cameron Fleming, OT

Sometimes, it helps to turn back to a familiar face. To help replace Tyron Smith, who is expected to sign elsewhere, the Cowboys could look to one of his former backups. Cameron Fleming was a fourth-round pick for the New England Patriots in 2014 and proved to be a solid swing tackle by starting 20 games while appearing in 47 during his first four seasons in the league.

As a free agent in 2018, Fleming signed a one-year deal with Dallas worth $3.5 million. The Cowboys had just gone through a tough 2017 campaign that included them watching backups Chaz Green and Byron Bell struggle mightily to fill in for Smith during a tough three-game stretch.

Fleming started three games that year in place of Smith and kept the offense on task. That led to a two-year, $7.5 million extension in the offseason. However, there was an option in that contract after the first season, which Dallas declined to pick up.

Since leaving, Fleming has played for the New York Giants and the Denver Broncos. He's had two full seasons as a starter and two as a swing tackle. Again on the open market, he's someone the Cowboys should sign as an emergency option. Should they have to go into Week 1 with him as the starter, they would have confidence they can compete. It would also prevent them from feeling pressured to reach in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft out of pure necessity.