Cowboys OT Doug Free to retire

A week ago at the scouting combine, the Dallas Cowboys were caught off-guard by a report that Doug Free was considering retirement. Now they have been informed that the veteran offensive tackle indeed intends to retire, according to multiple sources.

With uncertainty hanging over Tony Romo’s future in Dallas, Fox Sports is expressing interest in Romo as an analyst in the broadcast booth, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

He had surgery on his hip in January but said Sunday he will be ready for training camp.

“This is something that I’ve been dealing with for a number of years. Has always caused me a pretty good amount of pain at some point during the season, so it’s really been three or four seasons since I came into training camp just 100 percent healthy, and I really feel that’s where I’m going to be this year.”

The 2009 fourth-round selection, who was born in a suburb of Detroit and attended Eastern Michigan, has been a full-time starter since the 2011 season and just finished a four-year, $20.8 million contract extension.

After the Packers released guard Josh Sitton shortly before last season, Lang became the senior member of Green Bay’s starting offensive line. He has played in 119 of a possible 128 career games.

Lang is the second offensive lineman to leave the Packers in free agency, joining center JC Tretter, who signed a three-year contract with the Cleveland Browns.23