Guard Ron Leary is disappointed with the sudden end to the Dallas Cowboys season.
But he can’t deny it proved to a fruitful and potentially profitable season season for him.
After spending much of the offseason clamoring for trade because he was mired on the bench behind La’el Collins in what was the final season of his contract, Leary took advantage of a Collins injury to start 12 games and put himself in position to cash in big in free agency.
“It’s exciting,” Leary said. “It was exciting to be able to play ball again. Going into the season I didn’t think I was going to be playing at all. As far as free agency, that’s one thing I’m just going to let it play itself out, see how things work out and talk with my agent and see how things go from there.”
Leary started at left guard in 2013 and 2014 before before replaced by Collins last season. Collins started the first four games in 2016 before suffering a toe injury, opening the door for Leary to show the Cowboys as well as team’s across the league that he can still play.
He didn’t think he would get that chance, which was the reason for the offseason hold out and the trade demands.
“I think that was big because not playing last year I think some people kind of forgot,” Leary said. “So I’m glad I was able to remind people I could play ball. You want the individual stuff, but it’s all about the team. I’m a big team guy. I think everybody in this locker room knows that and we just didn’t get the job done.”
Leary wouldn’t mind returning to the Cowboys but he knows that is not likely with Collins expected to return to full health and the starting lineup in 2017.