The Dallas Cowboys may be having trouble signing outside free agents but they continue to land the in-house players they want back in 2016.
The Cowboys re-signed running back Lance Dunbar to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million, per sources.
Dunbar visited the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears before re-signing with the Cowboys.
Dunbar is coming off major knee surgery after tearing both the anterior and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee last October.
Vice president Stephen Jones speculated at the scouting combine in February that Dunbar might not be ready for the start of training camp and possibly the start of the season. There is a good chance he could be placed on the physically unable to perform list.
“Obviously Dunbar is a big question coming off a major surgery,” Jones said. “He was having a heck of a year before he was hurt. We still don’t know exactly how long that’s going to be. It’s real questionable as to whether he’s a PUP guy or — if we could sign him — will he be a PUP guy or what would he be?”
But that was before the start of free agency and before Dunbar starting getting courted by other teams.
Serving as the third-down back, Dunbar was a big part of the Cowboys’ passing game before he was injured. He had team-leading 21 catches for 215 yards through four games, putting him pace for an 80-catch season.
Dunbar is the seventh unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the Cowboys, along with cornerback Morris Claiborne, tight end James Hanna, linebacker Rolando McClain, linebacker Kyle Wilber, cornerback Josh Thomas and tackle Charles Brown.
The Cowboys also signed former Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton.
But they have been turned down in their pursuit of defensive ends Adrian Clayborne and Chris Long, safety Eric Weddle, cornerback Nolan Carroll and quarterback Matt Moore.
The Cowboys are hoping to bring in Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa for a visit and possibly sign him to a contract. He is a restricted free agent and Oakland has the right to match any offers.