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Dallas Cowboys re-sign running back Lance Dunbar

Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar signed a one-year deal Thursday. He’s coming off major knee surgery.
Dallas Cowboys running back Lance Dunbar signed a one-year deal Thursday. He’s coming off major knee surgery. Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys might be having trouble signing outside free agents, but they continue to secure the players they want back next season.

The Cowboys signed running back Lance Dunbar to a one-year deal worth $1.75 million, per sources.

Dunbar visited the San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears before re-signing with the Cowboys.

Dunbar is coming off major knee surgery after tearing both the anterior and medial collateral ligament in his left knee last October.

Vice-president Stephen Jones speculated at the scouting combine in February that Dunbar might not be ready for the start of training camp and possibly the start of the season. There is a good chance he could be placed on the physically unable to perform list.

“Obviously Dunbar is a big question coming off a major surgery,” Jones said. “He was having a heck of a year before he was hurt. We still don’t know exactly how long that’s going to be. It’s real questionable as to whether he’s a PUP guy or -- if we could sign him -- will he be a PUP guy or what would he be?”

But that was before the start of free agency and before Dunbar starting getting courted by other teams.

Dunbar was a big part of the Cowboys passing game before he was injured, serving as third-down back.

He had team-leading 21 catches for 215 yards through four games, putting him pace for an 80-catch season.

Dunbar is the third unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the Cowboys, joining cornerback Morris Claiborne, tight end James Hanna, linebacker Rolando McClain, linebacker Kyle Wilber, cornerback Josh Thomas and tackle Charles Brown.

The Cowboys also added former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Cedric Thornton.

But they have been turned back in their pursuits of defensive ends Adrian Clayborne and Chris Long, safety Eric Weddle, cornerback Nolan Carroll and quarterback Matt Moore.

The Cowboys are hoping to bring in Oakland Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa for a visit and possibly sign him to a contract. He is a restricted free agent and Oakland has the right to match any offers.

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