Cowboys secure safety depth by re-signing Jayron Kearse

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 26: Jayron Kearse #27 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 26: Jayron Kearse #27 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

The safety position has long been an issue for the Dallas Cowboys. The front office is known for refusing to make big-level signings to help the position thrive long-term. Instead, they throw out small contracts to players looking for a new home and hoping something sticks.

The team lucked out when they signed former Detroit Lions safety, Jayron Kearse, to a one-year deal ahead of 2021. The safety had a breakout year last season with 15 games started, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, and 101 tackles. He was the defense’s leading tackler.

Before Monday, fans were holding their breath waiting to see if the breakout star would be staying or leaving. There was even a push for the team to sign one of the greatest safeties in the league, Tyrann Mathieu. But given the front office’s recent monetary choices, a Mathieu deal seemed highly unlikely. On Monday afternoon, Michael Gehlken reported that Kearse would be returning to The Star on a two-year, $10 million contract. The deal has a maximum of $11 million.

You may also remember Kearse as the guy who superstitiously ate Fruit Roll-Ups for good luck. You can get a lot of Fruit Roll-Ups for $11 million, Jayron. Eat your heart out. The 28-year-old was a former seventh-round pick out of Clemson by the Minnesota Vikings in 2017. Now, he remains in Dallas after a breakout season.

The Dallas Cowboys finally re-sign safety Jayron Kearse to a two-year, $10 million contract extension

The safety didn’t cause much excitement when he initially signed with the Cowboys last year. He was playing for his third team and was far from a household name. Now, Kearse is a perfect example of what any player wants to do when given a one-year, prove-it contract. He proved his worth, earning himself essentially quadruple what he made last year.

For Cowboys fans, having depth and security at the safety position is a huge relief. Kearse joins recently re-signed Malik Hooker and roster safety, Donovan Wilson, in the depth chart. Kearse took to Twitter to show his gratitude minutes after the extension was reported.

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