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Smith's deal next step in his retirement process

IRVING, Texas -- Former Dallas running back
Emmitt Smith
signed a one-year contract with his old team Thursday so that he
can retire from the NFL as a Cowboy.

The league's leading rusher spent the past two seasons with the
Arizona Cardinals.

After Smith submits his official retirement notification to the
NFL, he will be placed on the Cowboys' reserve retired list.

Smith, 35, ran for 18,355 yards and 164 touchdowns in his
career, both NFL records. He closed it out by running for 937 yards
and nine touchdowns in Arizona last season.

Smith, who announced his retirement last month, was drafted by
the Cowboys in 1990 and played 13 seasons with the club.