The Miami Dolphins and the San Diego Chargers seemed to be locked into a bidding war for Bryant McKinnie’s services. But the Dallas Cowboys have emerged as a suitor for the left tackle’s services according to Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun.
Bryant McKinnie update, per source, offers from Chargers, Dolphins; Cowboys have made inquiry about left tackle as well.
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) May 2, 2013
The Dallas Cowboys have a underproductive yet expensive Doug Free playing right tackle at the moment. They could do one of several things to make room for McKinnie. They could release Free and his large contract. Or they could release one or both of Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, guards that signed free agent deals last offseason, and move Free to guard. Ryan Cook and first round draft pick Travis Frederick would play guard and center.
And while McKinnie is accustomed to playing on the left side of the line he’d fall into the right tackle spot. But Tyron Smith played his first NFL season on the right side of the line and could be moved back to the right side for McKinnie to play left tackle.
That would be the third straight season Smith changed positions.
All signs point to Doug Free being released to clear way for McKinnie if the Cowboys bid and win.