The Dallas Cowboys opened the doors to Valley Ranch ready for business.
On Monday, the Cowboys courted free agent safeties Michael Huff and Will Allen and linebacker Justin Durant. It was said that Durant was offered a two-year contract, however, nothing could be made official until the Cowboys found some cap relief.
On Wednesday, the team revealed that quarterback Kyle Orton restructured his contract, which allowed them to officially sign Durant. By joining the Cowboys, Durant is the only linebacker on the roster with experience in the 4-3 defense. He is expected to compete with fellow linebackers Kyle Wilber, Alex Albright, Ernie Sims and Caleb McSurdy for a starting job.
The team also said that they parted ways with wide receiver Anthony Armstrong effectively clearing $630,000 from the team’s payroll. The Orton restructure and the releasing of Armstrong allowed the Cowboys to also officially sign Allen, who will provide veteran depth at safety.
Recently the Cowboys also hosted free agent guard Brandon Moore, who would be an upgrade over both starting guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, however, I do not think the Cowboys will offer him a contract.
I must say that I underestimated Stephen Jones’ ability to stretch and manipulate the salary cap. Just when it looked like the Cowboys were cornered without a place to go, he found a way to make it happen. These two signings aren’t going to blow anyone away, but they help reaffirm my belief that Jones is going to be “the man” going forward.
From the outside looking in, don’t these signings have a Jason Garrett’s right-type-of-guy feel to them?