IRVING, Texas There are two problems with the reports that have the Dallas Cowboys simultaneously negotiating a pay-cut contract for incumbent right tackle Doug Free while also negotiating a free-agent contract for prospective right tackle Eric Winston:
Problem 1: That simultaneous orchestration doesn't make sense.
Problem 2: That simultaneous orchestration isn't happening.
Some bullet-pointed truths, from sources inside Valley Ranch:
There has been nothing "imminent'' about the signing of Texas native Winston, who has experienced some good NFL years with the Texans and the Chiefs. His status in the eyes of the Cowboys is as it was when we first wrote about his availability in this space on March 6: Signing him remains a "concept.''
This is a buyer's market on players of Winston's stature. Winston himself knows this, which is why he's been so frank in public about possibly being willing to accept a short-term deal at 3-to-4 million annually. The Winston-to-Dallas story has t...