All three have been limited during the offseason because of various aliments. Free dealt with a foot injury last season and Claiborne was bothered by a torn patellar tendon. Meanwhile, McClain is recovering from knee surgery in the offseason.
Free, 31, taken in the fourth-round (122nd overall) of the 2007 draft, has been a full-time starter since 2010. He was limited to 11 games last season due to an left ankle injury, which required offseason surgery. He is expected to be at full health for training camp.
Free missed five games last season due to an ankle injury, but has started 82 games in total for Dallas since 2009. The rumored deal would keep Free off the free-agent market. The team has been adamant that re-signing Free was a major priority this offseason.
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As a result, Free will become an unrestricted free agent when the 2015 league year starts March 10. The Cowboys will have a $3.98 million salary cap charge from the bonus proration associated with Free's 2015 and 2016 contract.
“That’s another decision we have to make,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Jermey played really well and I think a lot of teams will throw on the tape and watch him play and probably a lot of people will consider him a starter.
“We’ll have to make a tough decision there with Doug and Jermey. Hopefully we’ll at least keep one of them.”
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