The Dallas Cowboys restructured back-up quarterback Kyle Orton’s contract and released wide receiver Anthony Armstrong to open up some much needed salary cap space today. They then immediately turned around and signed linebacker Justin Durant and safety Will Allen.
Durant was a second round pick in 2007 who spent his first four years in the league with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He then play two solid seasons with the Detroit Lions before agreeing to a two year contract with the Cowboys today. Durant has experience in the 4-3 and is expected to compete for the starting outside linebacker job against Kyle Wilber and Alex Albright.
Allen is a career back-up who started his NFL career under current Dallas defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay. He spent his first six seasons with the Bucs and the last three with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Allen proved to be a valuable back-up in Pittsburgh last season with the various injuries suffered by starters Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark. He will compete for the starting safety job as Dallas released long time safety Gerald Sensabaugh earlier this off-season. Allen had his best season under Kiffin in Tampa Bay back in 2006, earning 77 total tackles in 16 games.
The Cowboys now have less then $25,000 in cap room after today’s signings. ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reports that Dallas is also restructuring tackle Doug Free’s contract to make more cap space. Unfortunately, it will not be used on free agent safety Michael Huff, who visited the Cowboys on Monday. Huff has agreed to a three year, $6 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Although the Irving native wanted to play in Dallas, he also expressed his interest in playing for a Super Bowl contender.