August 2, 2011

Cowboys retain Sensabaugh to shore up safety position

The strong safety agrees to a one-year deal. Is Abe Elam next?

The Dallas Cowboys have filled one of their holes at safety with the re-signing of free agent Gerald Sensabaugh.

Sensabaugh announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday.

Sensabaugh has played strong safety for the Cowboys the past two seasons. He had hoped to cash in big on the free agent market but is settling for the familiarity of his old team, which was in the market for two veteran safeties but had no plans on paying big money.

According to a source, he will sign a one-year deal for $2.5 million.

The Cowboys also have been talking to Cleveland safety Abe Elam, who played under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan the past two seasons and would be a natural fit in Dallas. The sides have yet to come to terms on an agreement, and the Cowboys plan on being patient in hopes his contract demands come down to their liking.

-- Clarence E. Hill Jr.

Another Eagles move

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to contract terms Tuesday with veteran running back Ronnie Brown, who spent his first six seasons with the Miami Dolphins.

Brown, 29, rushed for 1,000 yards in 2006 and made his only Pro Bowl team in 2008.

With Brown in the fold, the Eagles have signed seven big-name free agents in the past week, most notably cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.


Redskins: Rex Grossman has re-signed with Washington, setting the stage for a quarterback competition with John Beck. Also, CB Phillip Buchanon will be suspended for the first four games of the regular season. Coach Mike Shanahan didn't give a reason for the suspension, which was issued by the NFL.

Browns: DT Phil Taylor, the No. 21 overall draft pick out of Baylor, has agreed to a four-year deal. Also, Cleveland lost punter Reggie Hodges for the season when he suffered a tear of his left Achilles' tendon.

49ers: RB Frank Gore ended his four-day holdout and was at practice Tuesday.

Seahawks: Free agent TE Zach Miller, Oakland's leading receiver the last three seasons, has reached a five-year deal with Seattle.

Saints: New Orleans has signed DE Cameron Jordan, its top draft pick, along with free agent DT Aubrayo Franklin, formerly of the 49ers. TE David Thomas also re-signed.

Texans: All-Pro WR Andre Johnson will miss a day or two of practice with a dislocated finger.

Colts: OT Anthony Castonzo, the 22nd overall draft pick, and free agent LB Ernie Sims, formerly of the Eagles, have signed with Indianapolis.

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