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Mailbag: More Likely To Re-Sign Free Or Parnell?; Who Steps In For Hitchens?

When Doug Free has been healthy, he has been very solid this season. But, with Jermey Parnell also playing solidly in his place, do you see the re-signing of Free less likely after this season? Parnell may only be two years younger than Free, but he does have far less wear and tear on his body.

Bryan: Parnell has played better these last two weeks and would be a consideration for next season if in fact that they moved on from Free. The problem with that is that I feel like that Free has been even better, and I would work hard to try and continue to allow him to work with Zack Martin. In offensive linemen terms – I feel that Free is in his prime years as an offensive linemen.

David:It's probably asking too much to hope both Free and Parnell will return next year. My guess is someone will offer one of those guys more than the Cowboys want to pay -- particularly Parnell, who probably has an eye on a starting role somewhere. Free is probably going to be more expensive, but I think he'd be the better guy to keep around if you can find a way. If not, it's hard to feel bad about moving forward with Parnell.


Seeing as how he hasn't played since Week 12, could you see Dekoda Watson come back and possibly playing for Anthony Hitchens or should we expect to see James Anderson on the field?

Bryan: Both Watson and Anderson are taking snaps for Hitchens this week – as a matter of fact they have both been on the field at the same time. If I had to pick one of the other just off film I watched from previous teams they were on I would play Anderson over Watson. Think he has a much better feel for the scheme plus he faced the Lions twice last season so he understands what they do scheme wise.

David:Watson hasn't played since November, but he's still got more experience on the playing field and in the Cowboys' scheme than Anderson does. If Hitchens is unavailable, I'd expect to see more of Watson in that case. Cam Lawrence is another guy who could benefit from the injuries at linebacker.

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