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Former Longhorns great could be perfect fit for Cowboys

Former Longhorns great, and Waco native Derrick Johnson could be a great fit with Dallas Cowboys
Former Longhorns great, and Waco native Derrick Johnson could be a great fit with Dallas Cowboys Associated Press

It's possible that the Cowboys could be the preferred landing spot for a newly released NFL veteran for the second day in a row.

Yesterday, Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders indicated that he would prefer to land in Dallas, if he were cut by Denver.

On Tuesday, the Kansas City Chiefs announced that they would not bring back longtime 14-year veteran Derrick Johnson when his contract voids on March 14, the start of the new league year.

That means the 4-time Pro Bowler might be able to address one of the Cowboys biggest weaknesses: linebacker depth.

At age 35, Johnson is not the player he was once. But last season, he still managed to play in 15 games and record 48 solo tackles.

Given his age, the Dallas front office might be able to sign him at a reasonable cost.

If the linebacker did return to the Lone Star State, it would represent a homecoming of sorts.

Johnson graduated from Waco High School before heading south to play at the University of Texas, where he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player and the Butkus Award (nation's top LB).

The Chiefs drafted Johnson with the 15th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft.



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