Brian Waters

Things are so bad for the Dallas Cowboys at guard that they might be forced to bring a player out of retirement to find a suitable filler for the spot, as Brian Waters, a year out of the league, is their number one choice for the position next season.

The retirement of Brandon Moore leaves the Cowboys very short at right guard ,with Mackenzy Bernadeau getting the start against the preseason game against the Oakland Raiders before the weekend. Moore signed a one-year deal with the team only to retire a day later, sending the Cowboys once again into free agency.

Waters, who played for the Cowboys in 1999 only in training camp before being released and spending the entire season out of the league turned out to be one of the best guards in the NFL for the following 12 seasons, making the Pro Bowl six times and the All-Pro teams twice, playing for the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots before leaving the game. He wanted to play for one of the Texas teams, but didn’t get any offers. He remained on the Patriots payroll, but didn’t play and was released three months ago by the team.

The Cowboys do have other options in the market, with a bit more recent playing experience as a bonus. Geoff Hangartner played for the Panthers over the last couple of years at right guard after being a center previously, starting 28 games for them. There’s also Travelle Wharton, who was released by the Bengals last month. He didn’t play at all last season because of an injury, but he can play both the left and right guard positions.

Other options are Cooper Carlisle, who like Waters, is 36, but has been a reliable starter for the Broncos and Raiders since 2005, missing only one game in eight seasons. Sean Locklear played all over the offensive line last season for the Giants, and might be the most versatile option left on the board.