The Dallas Cowboys continued to bolster their defensive line in free agency with the re-signing of defensive end Jack Crawford to a one-year deal on Monday.
Crawford played defensive end and defensive tackle for the Cowboys in 2015, recording a career-high four sacks to rank fourth on team.
He had visited the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers before coming back to the Cowboys.
Crawford's return was important to shore up a depleted defensive end position, considering that Randy Gregory is suspended for the first four games of the next season and DeMarcus Lawrence is coming off back surgery. Unrestricted free agents Greg Hardy and Jeremy Mincey are not expected to return.
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The Cowboys signed Benson Mayowa away from the Oakland Raiders in free agency.
The Cowboys brought in Detroit Lions defensive end Jason Jones for a free agent visit last week, but he left without a deal, causing the team to reset it sights on Crawford.
Coach Jason Garrett indicated at the NFL owners meetings two weeks ago that he wanted Crawford back.
Crawford, a four-year veteran who spent the last two seasons with the Cowboys, is considered a rising player with more growing and development ahead.