The Cowboys added depth to their linebacker corps on Sunday, agreeing to a two-year deal with Andrew Gachkar.
Gachkar, 26, has spent his first four professional seasons with the Chargers, joining them as a seventh-round pick in 2011 out of Missouri.
Gachkar announced his signing on his Twitter account, @theGACH, saying: “Proud to announce I’m going to be signing with the @dallascowboys!!! A dream come true and an amazing opportunity for my family and I!!!!”
The Cowboys likely won’t officially announce the signing until Monday, but Gachkar’s two-year deal is expected to be worth up to $5.5 million.
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Gachkar has made his mark mostly as a special teams player. Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia was with the Chargers during Gachkar’s first two seasons — 2011 and 2012. Gachkar also played under Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus his first two years at Missouri.
Gachkar finished last season with 14 tackles on special teams. He also made five starts at linebacker, and was credited by the coaches with 47 tackles, one sack, seven tackles for loss and returned a fumble for a touchdown.
The Cowboys have already seen two linebackers depart via free agency. Justin Durant signed with Atlanta, and Bruce Carter went to Tampa Bay. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain is also a free agent, and remains on the market.
Gachkar is the third free agent linebacker to reach terms with the Cowboys this off-season, along with Keith Rivers and Jasper Brinkley.