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By PFW staff

The Cowboys reached a four-year, $32 million agreement with OLT Doug Free, re-signing their top free agent.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the deal, reached Tuesday night, has $17 million in guaranteed money for Free.

The fifth-year player started all 16 games for Dallas last season. Free was an unrestricted free agent and the deal will be made official on Friday.

The way we see it

Re-signing Free was the Cowboys' top priority this offseason. He was excellent in his first season as a starter at left tackle, and even if he moves to right tackle at some point to accomodate first-round pick Tyron Smith, the money is commensurate with the highest-paid players at that position, too. Free also was the top target of the Buccaneers, who were flush with cap space and badly wanted to sign him. Credit the Cowboys for correctly setting their priorities, and even though it forced them to cut some talented players, none were shocking or eminently irreplaceable.

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