Safety Gerald Sensabaugh signed a one-day contract on Thursday, allowing him to retire as a Dallas Cowboy.
Also on Thursday, the Cowboys released quarterback Aaron Corp, and defensive tackle Brian Price was waived (injured).
Sensabaugh was released by the Cowboys in March for salary cap reasons. He decided to retire rather than continue to seek employment as a free agent.
Sensabaugh said he has drawn interest from a couple of teams but was no longer interested in playing football, bringing his eight-year career to an end.
Sensabaugh was drafted in the fifth round by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2005 out of North Carolina. He stayed there for four years before joining the Cowboys in 2009.
He started 84 of 112 games, posting 469 tackles, two sacks, six tackles for loss, 43 pressures, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 14 interceptions in eight years in the league. Sensabaugh had 62 tackles in 15 games with the Cowboys last year, but he had no interceptions and just two in the past two years combined.
The Cowboys saved $1.5 million by releasing him in March while hoping to upgrade the position with more playmaking ability.
Safety, however, still remains a concern for the team after the draft and after free agency as they have yet to replace Sensabaugh with a proven upgrade, but they do have cheaper options in veteran Will Allen, second-year man Matt Johnson and rookie third-round pick J.J. Wilcox.
Corp didn’t last a week in Dallas. The former Southern California and Richmond quarterback signed Tuesday to throw in voluntary practice sessions this week but was waived.
Price’s stay with the Cowboys didn’t last much longer. Price was signed after the season in hopes he could regain the form that made him a second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2010. But he was waived with a shoulder problem.
Price, who had required pelvic surgery, was out of the league last season after the Chicago Bears traded for him and then cut him.
Austin being cautious
For two seasons, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin has been hamstrung.
He missed six games with injuries to both hamstrings in 2011. Last season, Austin played in every game but missed training camp and practice time during the season with tight hamstrings.
To that end, Austin has made changes to his off-season workouts to try and prevent a recurrence.
“I’m definitely strengthening my hamstrings a lot more than I have been, just doing a different routine, a couple of extra exercises on our leg days,” Austin said at a charity event in Arlington. “I’m just running hard and trying to compete at a high level. That way it doesn’t shock your muscles when you actually do it for real.”
Coach Jason Garrett has mentioned that the Cowboys sometimes need to hold Austin back because Austin works too hard. But Austin said his work habits won’t change.
“I can’t be the player that I am and not practice hard or do those [extra] things [after practice],” Austin said. “I’m going to continue to do those things. So we’ll see.”
Austin, who turns 29 this summer, had only two 100-yard games in 2012. He finished with 943 yards. His last 1,000-yard season came in 2010, the last time his hamstrings held up all year.