With the Cowboys signing guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, the writing is on the wall for Kyle Kosier. The Cowboys will release him this week.
He leaves Dallas after not having played in a single Pro Bowl. Once upon a time, the Cowboys signed Kosier to replace a lineman who had made 10 Pro Bowls as a Cowboy.
Fortunately, the guard position is nothing like the quarterback position. Nobody asked Kosier to live up to what Allen did, and though he may not have had a high profile, he did his job well for six seasons. He missed a large part of the 2008 season, but he otherwise started every game during his time in Dallas.
Kosier entered the league as a member of the 49ers, playing both guard and tackle in three years in San Francisco. He played one year in Detroit before signing with Dallas.
In 2006, the Cowboys needed to release Allen to avoid a big salary-cap hit. At that point, Allen was not the guard he had been five years earlier, and his Pro Bowl appearances were based more on his name than on his play. Dallas signed Kosier with five-year, $15 million contract along with a $5 million roster bonus.