IRVING, Texas – The end in Dallas appeared near for Kyle Kosier when the Cowboys committed some $30 million to free agent guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau last week.
As expected, the club officially waived their six-year starter on Monday – a move that will save them up to $1.5 million in salary cap space.
Originally signed as a free agent in 2006, Kosier started all 16 games in four of his six seasons with the Cowboys. He missed all but three games in 2008 after landing on injured reserve with a right foot injury, and he also missed three games in 2010 due to injuries.
The 33-year-old tore his MCL in the 2011 season finale, and before that he played throughout the season with a plantar fascia injury.
Kosier was a "glue guy" on the offensive line, a versatile and steady starter who helped make line calls. The Cowboys moved him to right guard in 2011 to provide a veteran presence next to rookie right tackle Tyron Smith, who became a Pro Bowl alternate in his first season.
Livings and Berndeau appear to be the projected guard starters for 2012, with second-year veterans Bill Nagy and Kevin Kowalski behind them.