The Cowboys have officially added a third center to their practice squad today, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. The team reportedly signed former first-round pick Billy Price to a deal today, joining him with current practice squad centers Sean Harlow and Brock Hoffman.
Price’s addition has fans concerned about the severity of active roster center Tyler Biadasz‘s recent injury. Biadasz was forced to miss the team’s Week 3 loss to the Cardinals after suffering a hamstring injury in practice last week. With Biadasz sidelined, Hoffman started for Dallas at center in Arizona. It looks like Hoffman will now have some competition if Biadasz continues to miss time.
Price was a first-round pick for Cincinnati back in 2018. After failing to catch on with the Bengals, Price was eventually traded to the Giants in exchange for defensive lineman B.J. Hill. Price started 15 games for New York the following season, but his fifth-year option had already been declined by the Bengals, making him a free agent after his first full year as a starter.
Price would eventually land on the Raiders’ practice squad before being signed off of it to join the Cardinals’ active roster. Price would start the remaining 11 games of the season in Arizona, and after hitting free agency once again, he would sign with the Saints. A non-football injury contributed to Price’s eventual release a month later as he failed to solidify a depth role at center for New Orleans.
Price will now have the opportunity to provide that same depth behind Biadasz in Dallas. If Biadasz is forced to miss extended time, the Cowboys now have a center on the roster with full-time starting experience throughout the past two years. Price will compete with Harlow and Hoffman for the honor of getting called up for regular season action.