Sources To 105.3 The Fan: Cowboys To Pick Up Joe Looney Option

Nov 11, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys center Joe Looney (73) on the sidelines before start of game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field
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By Mike Fisher and Josh Clark

FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - Sources tell 105.3 The Fan that the Dallas Cowboys are planning to pick up the option on offensive lineman Joe Looney's contract as early as today.

#Cowboys have an option on Joe Looney. OL proved valuable as a starter in 2018. Source says they'll bring him back to backup C Travis Frederick. Deal could happen today.

— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) March 8, 2019

Looney signed a two-year deal worth $2.1 million ahead of the 2018 season but the second year was actually a team option that needed to be picked up before before the close of the NFL business year at 3 p.m. on March 13. He'll earn a base salary of just $1 million and an incentive bonus of $500,000 for this season. 

The decision to pick up Looney's option is a no-brainer after the 28-year-old stepped into the starting center role after Travis Frederick was diagnosed with a rare disease and ultimately missed the entire season.

Looney performed admirably in Frederick's absence and will continue to be a quality depth option for the offensive line in 2019 with Frederick declaring to 105.3 The Fan that he feels "really good about next season.''