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In an interesting turn of events, the All-Pro center of the Dallas Cowboys has retired. Travis Frederick announced the news on his twitter account yesterday shocking Dallas fans and mildly surprising the Cowboys own front office.

In his statement, Frederick expressed that he wasn't able to return to his former elite level after his rare autoimmune disorder took the 2018 season away from him. He added that playing "well" wasn't good enough.

Now, with the Cowboys down a center, leader and All-Pro who do they turn to to fill the void. As far as the center position four names spring to mind. Current starting left guard Connor Williams is probably the least likely of the names I'm going to list, but I'm certain the Cowboys will at least give him a look when football activities return.

The Cowboys re-signed Joe Looney this off season and he would be an adequate replacement. He started all 16 regular season games when Frederick missed in 2018. Looney has also started games at guard for Dallas. Another name is Connor McGovern who was grafted in the third round last year before a pectoral injury ended his rookie campaign.

The final name is a wildcard but a smart one, he is a Harvard grad after all. Adam Redmond's option was picked up this off season and though he's never started an NFL game he was on the Cowboys 53 man roster for 10 games last season and was the 3rd center behind Frederick and Looney last year.

If the Cowboys want to keep Looney available to back up all three interior positions look for McGovern and Redmond to get first crack in 2020.

Of course, the Cowboys could surprise us all and draft a center in the first round. You never know when Jerry Jones is wheeling and dealing.