It was not too long ago that the Dallas Cowboys boasted easily the best offensive line in the NFL. They were road graders in the running game and kept a clean pocket in the passing game. Now, what was once a strength, has become a weakness in Dallas, which is why All-Pro center Corey Linsley could come into play in free agency.
Injuries have been the culprit in the decline of the group. Tyron Smith and La’el Collins were both sidelined by injuries last season. Travis Frederick retired because of injuries as well, leaving gaping holes along the offensive line.
Dallas started two undrafted players at left and right tackle in 2020, yet it still wasn’t the most disappointing part of their offensive line. That designation would go to the center position.
Joe Looney and rookie Tyler Biadasz struggled at the pivot last season. While there is some hope that Biadasz would improve in his second season in the league, that may not be something Dallas is willing to find out.
That is what makes Green Bay Packers free agent center, Corey Linsley, a perfect match for the Cowboys in free agency.
Linsley has cemented himself as the best center in the NFL. He was among them for a few seasons, but took claim to it in 2020 as he was the only player at the position to record grades of at least 80 as a run and pass blocker.
Upgrading the line should be of the utmost importance for Jerry Jones this offseason. He has spent lavishly on weapons offensively, giving extensions to Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and now Dak Prescott. A first-round pick was used on CeeDee Lamb in 2020, as well.
While it is nice to have such an impressive nucleus offensively, they cannot get the job done if the Cowboys aren’t winning in the trenches. Adding someone like Linsley to the offensive line will help them accomplish that and return to the dominant group they had in previous seasons.
Expect to see the Cowboys show interest in signing Corey Linsley early in free agency.