The Tampa Bay Buccaneers must have liked what they saw from the 2014 Dallas Cowboys defense.
They poached another member on Thursday when cornerback Sterling Moore signed a one-year deal with the Bucs. They have also signed former Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter and defensive tackle Henry Melton.
Moore, 25, played in every game for the Cowboys last season, including seven starts. He had 14 pass deflections and was credited with 49 tackles by the coaches last season.
The SMU product joined the Cowboys in the middle of the 2012 season and played five games that season and five more in 2013.
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The Cowboys had interest in bringing Moore back even though they let him become an unrestricted free agent by declining to tender him a $1.542 million offer earlier this off-season.
On his Twitter account, @SterlingMoore, Moore wrote: “Always have love for Cowboys fans, you guys always recognized what was real and always rocked with the kid. #Salute #Love”
With Moore departing, it leaves the Cowboys thin at cornerback. It’s an area they’ll surely address in free agency and/or the draft.
Orlando Scandrick is the only known quantity at cornerback for the Cowboys going into 2015.
The Cowboys could ask Brandon Carr to take a pay cut as he is scheduled to make $8 million in base salary and count $12.2 million against the salary cap. And Morris Claiborne remains a question mark as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury and may not be ready by training camp.
Drew Davison, 817-390-7760