Ronald Leary has requested a trade from the Cowboys, according to sources who spoke with ESPN.com’s Todd Archer. The veteran has been a no-show for the offseason program, including the start of today’s organized team activities.
During the draft, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged that the team had gotten some trade inquiries on Leary, though he said the team was not inclined to give him away for an underwhelming return.Leary inked his restricted free-agent tender worth $2.553MM before the draft, but he was hoping that the Cowboys would deal him elsewhere. As it stands, Leary is slated to hit the open market after the 2016 season without any restrictions.
The Titans are one team potentially in need of a lineman after losing versatile veteran Byron Bell for the season. Archer notes that Leary helped new Tennessee running back DeMarco Murray run for an league-high 1,845 yards in 2014.
Leary started at left guard for Dallas in 2013 and 2014 and opened the 2015 season in the same capacity. However, he was eventually leapfrogged by rookie La’el Collins.
Leary was on the field for 137 pass snaps and 84 run snaps in 2015, according to the stats compiled by Pro Football Focus (subscription required). Although he did not qualify to be ranked based on that limited sample size, Leary was given an overall grade of 72.2, which would have placed him near the backend of the top 30.
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