Cowboys signal doubt with reported interest in Brown

This story has been making its way around the sports blogosphere for a bit, but it’s still worth noting for a few reasons.

Soon after the Washington Redskins landed restricted free agent OT Jammal Brown in a trade from the New Orleans Saints, it was noted by Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayne via a Tweet that the Cowboys had also shown interest.

The easiest dots to connect are that the Cowboys aren’t happy with their situation at left tackle, where Doug Free is penciled in for the job after the release of veteran Flozell Adams earlier during the offseason. However, it has been the Cowboys plan all along (noted here by The Dallas Morning News) to start Free, even after adding Alex Barron — the former starter in St. Louis — who could provide the option of sliding in at left tackle and pushing Free to the right side, replacing Marc Colombo.

The reports and reviews out of Dallas on the progress of Free have all been positive, even as an undercurrent exists that the team is less thrilled following offseason practices, to which Cowboys blogger Josh Ellis offers a counter-view.

Really, though, the Cowboys haven’t done anything to deviate from their plan for Free … other than to cast a long shadow of doubt via the reported interest in Brown.

It could be that the Cowboys’ interest was strictly preliminary, presuming they knew of the interest from the Redskins. The extent of their interest was, and is, unclear.

At the very least, we do know the Redskins landed a starting right tackle for what will amount to a third- or fourth-round pick, as reported by Jason La Canfora, and the Cowboys were interested as well. You can connect your own dots.

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