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Cowboys Sign Veteran Safety Robert Blanton

The Cowboys are continuing their strategy of shoring up roster needs prior to the 2017 . Today, Dallas signed sixth-year veteran . He has previously been with the Bills and Vikings.

With holes at safety following the departures of and , Dallas needed more experience at the position. is entrenched as a starter but behind him were only the semi-experienced and even less seen .

Robert Blanton's with the Cowboys was first announced on Twitter by his agent:

Blanton was a fifth-round pick by Minnesota in 2012. He became a full-time starter in 2014 and led the team in tackles, but then lost the job in 2015 to veteran Andrew Sendejo. A free agent last year, Blanton signed a one-year deal with Buffalo but suffered a season-ending foot in Week 11.

The Cowboys had Robert Blanton in a for a free agent visit on March 20th but did not sign him until now. Just a week out from the draft, it gives even more indication that Dallas may be focused on finding a and with their early draft picks.

Blanton has started 19 games in his NFL career, giving him a slight experience over Jeff Heath. In March, said he was high on Heath but that the fifth-year safety would still have to compete for the starting role. Blanton will also be competitive, and at worst provides a veteran backup to supplement Kavon Frazier's lack of experience.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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Randy Martin

Nothing to get super excited about but we need another SS for insurance. Only 1 INT in his career but has 104 tackles in 2014. Another good, safe signing I’m sure for a good price.

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