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Cowboys Bring Back Veteran LB Justin Durant

Brian Martin



Cowboys Headlines - Cowboys Bring Back Justin Durant On 1 Year Deal

The Dallas Cowboys made a move today and signed veteran linebacker Justin Durant to help provide experience to the linebacker position. In order to make room for Durant the Cowboys released defensive tackle Casey Walker.

Dallas Cowboys on Twitter

The Cowboys are bringing back linebacker @JDurant52 for veteran depth. Read More:

The move isn't all that surprising considering that middle linebacker Rolando McClain was suspended for the first 10 games of the 2016 season. The Cowboys have a lot of inexperienced linebackers and their reunion with Durant just made too much sense.

Durant spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, but played 2015 with the Atlanta Falcons. He is familiar with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli's 4-3 defense and should be able to hit the ground running once training camp kicks off on July 28 in Oxnard, California.

Justin Durant was one of three veteran linebackers that I thought the Dallas Cowboys might be interested in when I first learned of Rolando McClain's suspension, but as you can see from the article he wasn't one of my top choices.

Durant to me is more of a weak side linebacker, so it will be interesting to see where the  coaching staff decides to use him and how it will affect some of the younger linebackers currently on the roster.

Putting my own feelings aside, Justin Durant certainly makes a depth at the linebacker position for the Dallas Cowboys look a lot more stable.

Unfortunately, injuries have been a reoccurring theme for Durant throughout his career in the NFL, but the Cowboys obviously believe he can help the defense in 2016.

A one-year contract hardly guarantees Justin Durant a starting job and if one of the younger linebackers can step up and prove themselves in training camp Durant could be looking for another team to play for in 2016.

As things stand right now though, please join me and the rest of us here at Inside The Star in welcoming Justin Durant back to the Dallas Cowboys.

Update: Justin Durant's 1 year contract details revealed.

Adam Caplan on Twitter

Veteran LB Justin Durant's 1-year deal with the #Cowboys is worth $965k with $200k fully gtd.

That is a pretty good chunk of change for a linebacker that we all hope is nothing more than a backup for the Dallas Cowboys. That would mean that one of the younger linebackers steps up and proves themselves capable of being the starter.

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Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

Brian Martin



Free Agent WR Allen Hurns Plans to Sign With Cowboys

It looks as if the Dallas Cowboys will be adding yet another wide receiver through free agency. According to sources, Allen Hurns plans on signing with the Cowboys.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

WR Allen Hurns just told me, "I'm going to sign with Dallas." #Cowboys

This is a move that seemed unlikely after the Cowboys signed Deonte Thompson a few days ago, but I know a lot of Cowboys Nation will be excited about this transaction.

Allen Hurns joins a receiver group that features Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley, Terrance Williams, Ryan Switzer, Noah Brown, and the recently added Deonte Thompson.

While this move is exciting, it does create more confusion for the Cowboys and their wide receivers. It's difficult to imagine all of these WRs sticking to the roster, which means there will be some tough decisions that need to be made.

What will the Cowboys do with Dez Bryant?

Will Cole Beasley be cut or traded?

Are the Cowboys comfortable absorbing Terrance Williams' cap hit if traded or released?

Will this keep the Cowboys from drafting a WR early?

All of these questions and more will have to be answered eventually. But, one thing is for sure, things are definitely about to get interesting.

Of course, there is a bonus here for the Dallas Cowboys. Since Allen Hurns was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars, he doesn't count against the Cowboys compensatory picks next season.

Please stay tuned and we will continue to keep you updated on contract details and any other news involving Allen Hurns as it becomes available.

What do you think about the Allen Hurns signing?

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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