Derrick Dockery now makes his home in Ashburn, Va., but Texas still is where his heart is. The former University of Texas offensive lineman from Garland is coming home.
Dockery signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, according to his agent, Todd France. He will replace veteran guard Montrae Holland.
The Cowboys released Holland, who missed most of training camp and the first three preseason games with a back injury. He played in Thursday's exhibition finale against the Dolphins, and owner Jerry Jones had praised his performance.
Holland 31, arrived in Dallas via a trade with the Broncos in 2008. He started four games in three seasons with the Cowboys and had been projected as the starter at right guard heading into training camp. But the play of rookie draft picks Bill Nagy and David Arkin made Holland expendable.
Holland received a $500,000 roster bonus after the lockout ended and had been scheduled to make $1 million in base salary.
Dockery, who turns 31 Wednesday, was released by the Redskins in March after becoming a high-priced backup. He suited up for only five games last season, and the Redskins cut him to rid themselves of his $3.82 million salary.
He was not a good fit for Mike Shanahan's zone-blocking scheme.
Dockery, a third-round pick of the Redskins in 2003, has 111 career starts.
The Cowboys will have to cut another player to make room for Dockery on the 53-man roster.
The Cowboys ended Saturday without a fullback. They began Sunday by getting one. Dallas claimed Tony Fiammetta off waivers from the Carolina Panthers a day after cutting four fullbacks -- Chris Gronkowski, Shaun Chapas, Jason Pociask and Isaiah Greenhouse.
Fiammetta, 25, has played in 24 career games, rushing for 22 yards on seven carries and gaining 34 yards on five receptions.
Three players the Cowboys released Saturday were claimed by other teams Sunday. Gronkowski is headed to the Colts; safety Andrew Sendejo was claimed by the Jets; and cornerback Josh Thomas went to the Panthers.
Ravens sign Gurode
Former Cowboys center Andre Gurode wasn't out of work long. His agent, Kennard McGuire, confirmed his client has agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens.
Gurode got a one-year, $3 million deal. He was due to make $5.5 million with the Cowboys before being cut in a cost-saving move last week.
He had visited the Seahawks, Lions and Patriots before coming to an agreement with Baltimore on Sunday.
"We just got better as a team," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. "To have a successful season, you have to have quality depth across the board. We just added great depth to the interior of our offensive line with Andre."
The Cowboys did not announce their practice squad Sunday. But safety Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, receiver Teddy Williams, linebacker Orie Lemon, cornerback Mario Butler and fullbacks Isaiah Greenhouse and Shaun Chapas are expected to be on the eight-player developmental squad. Receiver Andre Holmes, who was with the Vikings in training camp, also is expected to be on the Cowboys' practice squad.
Staff writer Clarence E. Hill Jr. contributed to this report.
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