Cowboys Ink Another Veteran After Ezekiel Elliott Signing

The Cowboys are bringing back veteran linebacker Damien Wilson, who was with the team late last season.
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The Dallas Cowboys have been busy adding to their 90-man roster after the 2024 NFL Draft signing undrafted free agents and bringing back veteran running back Ezekiel Elliott.

The Cowboys had an exceptional draft over the weekend, adding to the trenches on both sides of the ball, linebacker room, and secondary. Dallas needed to address the linebacker unit in the draft as they lost veteran linebacker Leighton Vander Esch to retirement.

In free agency, the Cowboys signed veteran Eric Hendricks to a one-year, $3 million deal to help out that unit However, Dallas still needs more help as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Cowboys News: Dallas Adds to Linebacker Depth With Damien Wilson Signing

ESPN’s Todd Archer reported Monday that the Cowboys re-signed veteran linebacker Damien Wilson. 

Archer notes that the 30-year-old Wilson ended last year on the active roster, but didn’t play in a game. Wilson joined the Cowboys’ practice squad last season after only spending one season with the Carolina Panthers.

The veteran linebacker was suspended by the NFL for four weeks last October and reinstated in November. After that, he was signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad in January. 

In 2022 with the Panthers, the 6-foot, 243-pound linebacker posted 38 combined tackles, four tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, two sacks, and a forced fumble. This isn’t Wilson’s first stint with the Cowboys.

Dallas drafted him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft and Wilson spent four seasons with the team. The former University of Minnesota linebacker didn’t start often with the Cowboys but proved he could be a starter with the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Cowboys hope this go-around with Wilson could be a net positive, as the defense needs all the help they can get.

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