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Cowboys won’t just give Ronald Leary away

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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 23: Ronald Leary #65 of the Dallas Cowboys reacts in the second quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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The Cowboys are happy to explore the possibility of trading guard Ronald Leary, but they’re not going to just give him away.

The former starting guard, whose place was taken by La’el Collins last year, has been staying away from OTAs in hopes of finding someone who wants him to start.

“We told Ron that he could certainly look around, but we’re not in the business of letting go of good football players for little or nothing,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said, via Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News. “We got calls during the draft asking to trade for some of our running backs. We just don’t have that interest. Ron’s a big part of this football team.

“We know it’s disappointing when you’ve been starting and you’re not. We’d hoped that he would look at it as ‘let’s come in here and compete.’ . . . We expect him to come in here at some point. And we want to welcome him with open arms, and hopefully he’s getting in shape wherever he is right now.”

Leary proved to be a perfectly capable starter on good lines in 2013 and 2014, before Collins fell into their laps. There are plenty of places he could probably be starting, but the Cowboys know that too, and have no reason to make a hasty decision.