Posted: 11:32 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013
By KD Drummond
Well that didn't take long. On their first day of practice following the first foray into the preseason, it appears that the Cowboys are not satisfied with the rotation along the interior of their offensive line. Several sources have reported that Dallas has discussed a contact with free agent right guard Brandon Moore, most recently of the New York Jets. Dallas Morning News has now reported that the team is also considering signing Brian Waters as an alternative.
Sources: Cowboys have had discussions with Brandon Moore and Brian Waters and hope to sign one immediately.— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) August 7, 2013
Moore would follow up that tweet with the info that Waters is the team's first choice and that Brandon Moore is the fallback option.
The question that arises, of course, is what does this mean for the current players in rotation at the guard position?
From my point of view, it appears that Dallas is willing to do anything to ensure that Travis Frederick stays at center, now and forever. Waters and Frederick appear to be options along those lines.
Brian Waters has not played in the NFL since the 2011 season. Prior to that year, Dallas flirted with the idea of bringing him in, but decided not to. Waters instead signed with New England and proceeded to make the Pro Bowl. Reportedly, Waters wanted to play in his home state of Texas and refused to rejoin the Patriots in 2012. They even offered to triple his salary, yet he refused. Unwilling to let him play for another, New England retained his rights while he sat out all of 2012. They recently relented and made him a free agent.
Waters 2011 season was outstanding. Playing in 19 games, he only allowed 2 sacks and 16 quarterback pressures total. His PFF grade of +26.4 ranked him as the 4th best guard in the league. He made the Pro Bowl that season, his sixth career selection. He is also a two-time First Team All-Pro ('04, '05). The concern is Waters' age, 36, and the fact that he's been away from the game for an entire season at that age.
Brandon Moore is most famous for being the butt in the Mark Sanchez butt fumble from 2012 blooper reels and Sportscenter clips. Moore is 33 years old and is coming off a very good season in his own right. He only allowed 2 sacks and 20 total pressures per PFF, earning a cumulative game grade of +21.8. Moore has spent his entire 10 year career in New York, including working under Cowboys OC Bill Callahan from 2008-2011. He also enjoyed a trip to the 2011 Pro Bowl, his lone selection.
So, if the Cowboys plan to move immediately, it will be interesting to see which direction they move. I wonder what could be the determining factor here..
BMoore vs BWaters? 'Talent-wise, it's a wash,' #Cowboys source tells me. Therefore, $ talk in play for new OG— mike fisher (@fishsports) August 7, 2013
Well, there it is. Stay tuned, ladies and gents.. this offensive line situation is getting moore and moore interesting by the second; the water's are showing plenty of ripples.
Sorry, couldn't resist.