Cowboys, Sensabaugh agree to deal

Updated: March 10, 2009, 3:08 PM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

The Dallas Cowboys added much-needed veteran depth at safety on Tuesday, reaching a one-year contract agreement with unrestricted free agent Gerald Sensabaugh, who previously played all four seasons of his NFL career with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Sensabaugh, 25, should compete for the starting job at strong safety. The Cowboys last week released Pro Bowl strong safety Roy Williams. The team's No. 3 safety, Keith Davis, a standout special teams player, is currently an unrestricted free agent and might not return to the Cowboys.

If Sensabaugh, who is a physical player but lacks some coverage skills, doesn't win the starting job alongside free safety Ken Hamlin, he will be a solid reserve safety. Dallas has very little experience at safety besides Hamlin.

The agreement with Sensabaugh, financial details of which were not yet known, was originally reported by the Dallas Morning News and confirmed by sources close to the player.

A four-year veteran, Sensabaugh is coming off his best season as a pro, yet the Jaguars made little attempt to re-sign him. He started 13 games in 2008 and had 70 tackles, four interceptions and eight passes defensed, all career highs.

In college, Sensabaugh played three years at East Tennessee State. He transferred to North Carolina for his senior season, after Tennessee State disbanded its program. He was Jacksonville's fifth-round choice in the 2005 draft.

The four-year veteran has fought through injuries and some off-field problems during his career. He has played in 50 games, with 24 starts. For his career, Sensabaugh has 118 tackles, six interceptions and 11 passes defensed. He appeared in only two games during an injury-shortened 2007 season but was healthy again last season.

Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.

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