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Mailbag: What Would A Dez Deal Mean For Cowboys' Other Big Contracts?

MATTHEW DOULLSAN MARCOS, CA
Would it be smart to let Dez walk after the franchise tag this year and use that money to retain the offensive line, such as Travis Frederick and Zack Martin?

David: I get your point that it's going to be difficult to give big contracts to all three, but I don't necessarily think you have to say it's either/or. Center and guard are not the most lucrative positions in football, and there's also the benefit of the ever-increasing salary cap. I'm not interested in letting Dez go any time soon, and if I absolutely have to part ways with him, I'd make sure it's not until after the 2016 season.

Rob: My assumption is the front office is optimistic about retaining all three when the time comes, particularly if the salary cap rises significantly in coming years. Martin can remain on his rookie deal through 2018 factoring in the fifth-year option. Aside from all that, though, I don't think you let Bryant go after 2015. He's the heart and soul of the team, and he's not bad at this football thing.

JOHN ALFONSOWEST HAVEN, CT
Is Darrion Weems the third best left tackle on this team behind Smith and Free?  All our young guys look like right tackles or guards.

David:If he wasn't before, he certainly is now that Chaz Green is on the mend from surgery. Kudos to Weems, because he was the forgotten man on this unit, and now he looks like the favorite to be this team's swing tackle in 2015.

Rob: At this point, yeah, I'd say Weems. He's gotten the first-team work at right tackle with Free sitting out until training camp, and he's held his own. Remember, the Cowboys liked him as the potential swing tackle last year before he got hurt and Jermey Parnell took over.

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