Uche Nwaneri tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he would be coming home to Dallas. The Cowboys signing a veteran RG so soon after drafting Zack Martin in the 1st round to fill that role, causes ones mind to wander.
Uche Nwaneri (pronounced OO-chay nwah-NEHR-ee) played for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2007 to 2013. Uche was born in Dallas, Texas on March 20, 1984. He played guard for Purdue University after graduating from Naaman Forest High School. He was drafted by the Jaguars with the 149th overall pick in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Height: 6-3|Weight: 310
Experience: 7 years
Nwaneri saw minimal action as a rookie during the Jaguars’ 2007 playoff run, he played in 9 games with 1 start. The next season, he earned a starting position after the starter Vince Manuwai got hurt. He appeared in 15 games during the 2008 season, and started all of them.
Uche Nwaneri and teammate Maurice Williams competed for the starting guard position against the returning Vince Manuwai in 2009, and Nwaneri won the job. Williams was deactivated for most of the season and eventually released on December 5, 2009. Uche Nwaneri appeared in all 16 games, starting 13 of them. He was only credited with allowing 1/2 of a sack. Nwaneri was also not penalized during the 2009 season nor has he been a frequent offender since then. (a blessing in disguise to an OL that ranked at the top of the league in penalties). He was released on March 4, 2014Â for salary cap reasons.
Uche Nwaneri brings a veteran presence to the current young offensive line in Dallas. He has started 92 of 104 career games. This move by the Cowboys immediately following the 2014 OTA’s and minicamp creates a lot of unanswered questions. With the addition of Nwaneri, the Cowboys will have a stable full of offensive linemen and someone will have to be released to make room on the roster.
The Cowboys used their 1st round pick on Zack Martin, who our head analyst Al Beam, referred to as a project because he never played the position before. It will be interesting to see where he fits. I don’t see a veteran starter who is still in the prime of his career signing on as a backup. The way I see it, either Martin, Bernadeu, or Leary are on the hot seat entering training camp. I would say Zack Martin has the most to worry about because Uche Nwaneri has been a starting RG in this league for the last seven years. Either way; it really makes you wonder if the Cowboys realized they blundered on the Martin pick and wanted a security blanket.