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Cowboys to sign a free-agent receiver who formerly played in Dallas. No, not that one

Receiver Brice Butler, who signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals in March but was released after camp, is back with the Dallas Cowboys.
Receiver Brice Butler, who signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals in March but was released after camp, is back with the Dallas Cowboys. Special to the Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys are planning to add a receiver to bolster their passing game, possibly as soon as Monday.

No, they are not pursuing Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who is being offered up via trade.

It was a former receiver who played with the Cowboys last year.



And no, it’s not Dez Bryant either.

Per sources, the Cowboys are bringing back Brice Butler, possible as soon as Monday, per sources.

Butler spent the past three seasons with the Cowboys, totaling 43 catches for 794 yards and six touchdowns, including 15 receptions for 317 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games last season.

He left in free agency after the season looking for more opportunities, most notably saying he would have produced more than Bryant if given the same chances in 2017. Bryant, team’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions, was released in April and remains unsigned.

Butler signed a free-agent contract with Arizona Cardinals but was released after final cuts.

Butler’s signing is an admission of sorts by the Cowboys that all is not well with their revamped receiver corps.

Cole Beasley led the Cowboys in receptions last week with seven catches for 73 yards in the 16-8 season-opening loss to the Carolina Panthers.

That the Cowboys have decided to pursue Butler, no matter the outcome of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, speaks volumes.

The Cowboys spent much of last week saying everything was fine with the receivers and now they are on the verge of bringing back Butler.

Clarence E. Hill Jr. :@clarencehilljr
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