Colombo Arrives Amid Uncertain Future

His future with the team uncertain, veteran offensive tackle Marc Colombo was among the first to visit Valley Ranch when the facility re-opened to players this morning. 

Colombo told reporters he met with team owner Jerry Jones but didn't say whether he was returning in 2011. There has been speculation all offseason that Colombo, coming off two consecutive injury-plagued seasons, would be cut when the lockout ended. 

Colombo is due a roster bonus after the first week of the New League Year. He has a $1.9 million base salary and would count $4.27 million on the salary cap if he's on the team.

The Cowboys drafted offensive tackle Tyron Smith No. 9 overall in April's draft. Smith, who has never played left tackle, figures to step in immediately on the right side that Colombo has manned since 2006. Left tackle Doug Free is an unrestricted free agent.

Teams can inform players of their impending release today, but it won't be official until Thursday. The Cowboys report to San Antonio for training camp on Wednesday.

-*Rob
*@robphillips3 (Twitter)

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