The Dallas Cowboys didn’t get a chance even to talk to defensive end Chris Long, who canceled a scheduled visit to the team’s Valley Ranch headquarters this week after signing a one-year deal with the New England Patriots.
But that hasn’t stopped the Cowboys from attempting to address their biggest need in free agency. A source confirmed the team plans on bringing in former Oakland Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa for a physical Thursday in hopes of signing him to a contract.
He is a restricted free agent, which means the Raiders will have a chance to match any contract and retain his services.
The 6-foot-3, 252-pound Mayowa has just two sacks and three career starts in 30 games in the NFL over three seasons.
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But the team is hoping the best football lies ahead for the 24-year old, who went undrafted out of the University of Idaho in 2013 before signing a free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks. He was waived in camp before the 2014 season and was picked up on waivers by Oakland, where he spent the past two seasons.
It’s no secret the Cowboys are in need of bodies at defensive end with Randy Gregory suspended for the first four games of 2016, DeMarcus Lawrence coming off back surgery and Jack Crawford, Jeremy Mincey and Greg Hardy unsigned as unrestricted free agents.
The Cowboys expressed interest in Adrian Clayborn before he re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons. They had Long scheduled to visit on Wednesday before he chose the Patriots after a visit there Monday.
Mayowa would certainly give them another body at the position, but it remains a huge need in free agency and the upcoming NFL draft.