The Dallas Cowboys are strapped financially with barely any wiggle room underneath the salary cap. That hasn’t however stopped them from making a move and signing linebacker Justin Durant, formerly of the Detroit Lions.
Professional tweeter and ESPN Insider Adam Schefter broke the news via his favorite medium.
“Dallas and former Lions LB Justin Durant agreed to a 2-year contract that will be signed once Cowboys create more cap space, per team source”
The fact that no deal is technically signed, leaves the door open for him to sign with another team essentially. This could mean that the Dallas Cowboys are about to make some moves by cutting players, or quietly are close to a contract extension with Tony Romo that would lower his cap hit this season.
Durant though is a solid addition to a linebacker group that has 2 of their linebackers, DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer, moving to defensive ends in the new defensive scheme. They played last season in a 3-4 scheme. They have a strong group with Bruce Carter and Sean Lee already, and Durant is coming off a 103 tackle season.
Sean Lee will still man the middle leaving Durant and Carter on the outside. It’s an unusual cost-effective move by the Cowboys, who usually like to make big flashy signings.