Report: Doug Free thinks the Cowboys will release him

According to CBS Dallas Fort Worth, Cowboys offensive lineman Doug Free  doesn’t he’ll be in Dallas much longer.

A source close to Free tells me the veteran “anticipates not being with the Cowboys’’ as of June 1 – an indication he is presently unwilling to accept Dallas’ proposal that would substantially reduce his $7 million salary and allow him to likely retain his job starting at right tackle.

June 1 is the day Dallas can release Free and suffer the least amount of cap damage, as his $10-million impact will be allowed to be spread over two seasons. It is clear Dallas prefers to retain Free (but at its desired price). That’s not just a matter of correcting an overpayment on him; it’s also a matter of freeing up cap space that can be used, for instance, to lock up linebacker Sean Lee with a rich extension.

The Cowboys top free agent target right now is offensive tackle Tyson Clabo, who I’m sure they’d love to sign.  But they’ll likely have to dump Free first to free up some cap room.