IRVING, Texas – Cowboys guard Ronald Leary has signed his one-year restricted free agent tender.
The Cowboys gave Leary the second-round level qualifying offer worth $2.553 million. The Cowboys would have received a second-round pick as compensation if had Leary completed an offer sheet with another team during the restricted free agent signing period and the Cowboys had chosen not to match.
Leary, signed as an undrafted free agent in 2012, has started 35 games over the last four seasons. The full-time starting left guard in 2013 and 2014, he was slowed by a groin injury early in the 2015 season and rookie La’el Collins eventually took over as the starter.
Leary started four games at left guard in 2015, including the season finale with Collins dealing with a sprained ankle, and offers valuable depth on the offensive line.
The Cowboys’ other restricted free agent, safety Jeff Heath, signed a new four-year deal with the team in mid-April.