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Free agent receiver Allen Hurns agrees to join Dallas Cowboys

Allen Hurns had 189 receptions and 21 touchdown catches in four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
Allen Hurns had 189 receptions and 21 touchdown catches in four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. AP

Free agent wide receiver Allen Hurns agreed to a two-year deal worth to $12 million on Friday to join the the Dallas Cowboys, per multiple sources.

Hurns is the second receiver to join the Cowboys in as many days, joining Deonte Thompson, who signed on Thursday.

Hurns' addition also raises questions about the future of receiver Dez Bryant and his $12.5 million salary for next season.

Does the Hurns addition mean the Cowboys are prepared to move on from Bryant rather than just ask him to take a pay cut?

The Cowboys have questioned Bryant’s salary and declining production since the beginning of the off-season.

As of now, sources say Hurns' addition has no impact on Bryant's status with the team and any decision on his contract.

Hurns is considered a No. 2 receiver, not a No. 1 option such as Bryant.

But there is no question that the presence of Hurns and Thompson will have a domino effect on the Cowboys receiving corps. If not Bryant, then one or more of the other 2017 holdovers, including Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Ryan Switzer and Noah Brown, might have to go.

Hurns spent the past four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He visited the Cowboys on Wednesday and then had a meeting with the New York Jets.

Hurns, undrafted out of Miami in 2014, was released on Tuesday for cap reasons and his own declining production since signing a four-year, $40.05 million extension in 2016. He caught 115 passes in his first two seasons, including 64 passes for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015. The last two seasons combined he has 74 receptions for 961 yards and five touchdowns. He also has missed 11 games due to injuries.

Now healthy, Hurns hopes to get back to his previous production. He could certainly be a solid No. 2 receiver in Dallas.

However, Hurns and the potential of a receiver at the top of the April draft could make things interesting as the Cowboys continue to evaluate Bryant’s situation.

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