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Cowboys owner says Sensabaugh fits Dallas defense; writer believes arrests are reason for just one-year deal

Staff Report • Mar 11, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Cowboys fans across the nation hope the signing of Kingsport's Gerald Sensabaugh will bring stability to what has been a weak spot in the Dallas defense.

According to DallasCowboys.com, there is no position on the roster with more uncertainty than safety.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told 105.3 FM "The Fan" in Dallas that Sensabaugh would be a good fit for the Cowboys.

"We've hired Gerald Sensabaugh today, he really fits the description of what he want back at safety," Jones said. "Dave Campo coached him. We're crazy about him on special teams. Here is a safety who gives us some flexibility of moving someone, a corner, that we might have used in a semi-safety role. So we've really covered ourselves there."

DallasCowboys.com says Sensabaugh's run-ins with the law is why Jacksonville decided not to bring him back -- and probably why the Cowboys signed him to just a one-year deal.

Sensabaugh has been arrested three times since 2007, all stemming from weapon charges and motorist violations in Kingsport.

While the Cowboys will certainly keep a close eye on his off-the-field activities, his upside as a safety, a position of need, was seemingly too much to pass up. In college, Sensabaugh set an NCAA record with three blocked punts in one game. He also holds the scouting combine record with his 46-inch vertical leap, back in 2005.

Another reason for just a one-year deal is 2009 marks the final season of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. With the strong possibility of playing 2010 without a salary cap, one-year deals are becoming more common during this free-agent market, especially at safety.

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