Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys CEO, didn’t seem to be joking with his fans when he stated that he expected the team active in free agency.
After the 2022 offseason, which saw media and fans focusing more on who’s leaving than what’s coming to Dallas. In Dallas, there’s a sense of urgency about how the Cowboys manage the rest of the spring.
Dallas must address the exterior offensive line. This is an area that was hurt by the departure of La’el Collins. Fans might be able to see the approach they have for tackle positions through Sam Tevi, an ex-starting Los Angeles Chargers tackle.
“Cowboys hosted ex–Colts and Chargers’ OT Sam Tevi today,” Dallas Morning News reporter Michael Gehlken tweeted April 23. Source said that no deal was imminent between the two sides at the moment. More information about a medical check-in for Tevi after he tore his ACL in August last year during the preseason
Although Tevi’s two-side tackle record is impressive, Gehlken notes that Tevi suffered a torn ACL just before his first season with Indianapolis Colts. This means that the 27-year old is now in a less secure position than he was one year ago.
Tevi’s college experience was not typical. The 6’5”, 315-pound Tevi initially lined up as a defensive lineman when he arrived in Utah. But, Tevi’s superiors saw potential in the Euless, Texas native offensive tackle.
Tevi was drafted as a tackle in 2015 after a transitional year in 2014. After two years of hard work, the Chargers decided to draft the 27-year old with a sixth-round selection in 2017.
Los Angeles brought him in immediately, though he was only a backup and special teams player. He earned one start according Pro Football Reference, and also established himself as someone who can be used at either the left or right tackle positions.
Tevi played right tackle in 15 games for the Chargers after sustaining an injury to Joe Barksdale. He kept the spot throughout the 2019 season. However, PFR states that he will start his 14 games at left tackle in 2020.
After testing free agency, he signed a one-year contract with the Colts. However, his unfortunate ACL injury forced him to miss the entire 2021 season.
Tevi’s health is obviously the top priority. Dallas will meet the promising offensive lineman for a “medical review-in”, as Gehlken said. Dallas cannot afford to ignore Tevi’s ability and his proven NFL record.
Where could Tevi be positioned from there? Tyron Smith is the starting left tackle, but Terrence steele could be on the right side for Tevi to challenge.
Steele was the starting right tackle for the past two seasons. But that isn’t a permanent position. Steele is familiar with what it’s like to compete against a starter like La’el Collins. Tevi’s arrival could change the roles somewhat, with the 24-year old taking on a backup.