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Dallas Cowboys Create Competition by Re-Signing Linebacker Ernie Sims

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The Dallas Cowboys were crushed by injuries in 2012 and they managed to keep a good football team on the field by salvaging players from the scrap heap to fill their holes. One of those players cashed in today with a new contract from the Cowboys.

Linebacker Ernie Sims signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys today in order to stay with the team. Sims had 42 tackles and a sack with the Cowboys last season but was also nicked up for a few games as well. The re-signing of Sims adds depth to the Cowboys linebacking group and creates competition for the starting strong side linebacker spot in the new 4-3 alignment.

Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones mentioned today the team would like to see second-year linebacker Kyle Wilber to win the job but by keeping Sims in the fold Dallas has created competition at the linebacker position. That is music to head coach Jason Garrett’s ears since he regularly preaches comeptition throughout the Cowboys roster and believes it makes players better. Right now the Cowboys will have a three man competition with Wilber, Sims and Alex Albright for the starting linebacker spot alongside Sean Lee and Bruce Carter.

Sims played well for the Cowboys last season and he deserves a chance to win the job but at the very least he provides experience and depth for the Cowboys. With the draft coming up the goal is to have as many options as possible and not be tied down to drafting specific positions, and Dallas has solidified another position by re-signing Sims.

Ben is a Cowboys writer for Rantsports.com and you chat with or follow him on twitter @BenGrimaldi