Update: The day following this article’s release, Herring walked away from this contract and the Dallas Cowboys to re-enter free agency. No reason for his sudden change in mind was given at this time.
The Dallas Cowboys continue to make more news about their releases than their signings. And for a franchise who has become infamous for making bad decisions in free agency (and in many other ways), this may be a good thing. The Cowboys lost DeMarcus Ware to Denver earlier this week. On Thursday, they lost defensive tackle Jason Hatcher to their hated rivals, the Washington Redskins. And it also appears Dallas will lose defensive end Anthony Spencer to free agency as well.
Opposed to those making those big splashes in giving to the free agency market, the Cowboys signings have barely made a bleep on the NFL radar. On Wednesday, Dallas signed relative unknowns Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain. Mincey is a 30-year old defensive end who has spent the majority of his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He recorded 160 career tackles, six forced fumbles and 20 sacks as a Jag. McClain is a young journeyman defensive tackle that is making the Cowboys his fourth franchise in as many years. In his last two seasons with the Houston Texans, he recorded 10 tackles in 19 games as a back-up. Their signings took up just $1.1 million of current salary-cap space. The Cowboys should still have approximately $7 million to spend in free agency.
On Thursday, Dallas continued their streak of signing relative unknowns by acquiring linebacker Will Herring to a one-year deal. The 30-year old was a fifth round pick by the Seattle Seahawks in 2007. After four seasons in Seattle, the special teams ace spent the last three seasons with the New Orleans Saints, starting in just three game in that span. Herring has recorded 143 tackles, three interceptions and one sack in his career so far. More importantly, he recorded five tackles against Dallas last season in an apparent unofficial interview.
Herring will join a much-improved special teams squad led by coach Rich Bisaccia. As the Saints former special teams captain, Herring should provide some much needed veteran leadership as well as aiding the Cowboys defense as a back-up linebacker with starting experience.