The Dallas placed a second-round tender on restricted free agent guard Ron Leary and a low tender on restricted free agent safety Jeff Heath.
The second-round tender guarantees Leary a salary of $2.553 million next season, while Heath gets $1.671 million.
The key with Leary is that the Cowboys get a second-round draft pick in return if he signs a contract with another team. With Heath, the Cowboys have the right to match an outside offer, but would get no draft-pick compensation.
Leary, who came to the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2012, could draw some interest in free agency. He was a two-year starter before being benched in 2015 for highly-touted rookie La’el Collins.
He was a key part of the 2014 line that paved the way for DeMarco Murray’s team-record 1,845 yards rushing.
It still makes for an interesting situation for the Cowboys.
The $2.5 million salary is high price for a backup guard who could be inactive for much of the season. But so is a second-round draft pick for a former undrafted free agent who is now considered a backup.
There is a chance Leary could sign with another team with the two sides working out a trade for less than the second-round pick.
Leary just wants to play and be rewarded for his hard work.
“I just want what I deserve.... But I know #GodGotMe,” Leary posted on Twitter Monday.
Heath is a core special teams who player will likely not draw a lot of interest. He is expected to sign his tender and return to the Cowboys next season.