Cowboys Sign Veteran Defender Ahead of Free Agency

The 32-year-old Davis played in a few games for the Cowboys after being signed to their practice squad in November last season.
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The Dallas Cowboys are getting a jumpstart on adding talent to their roster for the 2024 season, with NFL free agency on the horizon. Dallas announced on Wednesday that they re-signed nose tackle Carl Davis.

The 32-year-old defensive lineman played in three games last season for the Cowboys, posting three combined tackles and 30 defensive snaps. Davis signed to the Cowboys’ practice squad in November after he was released from the Seattle Seahawks’ taxi squad in October.

However, before Davis found his way to Seattle, he spent the previous three seasons with the New England Patriots. In his three-year stint with the Pats (2020-22), the former third-round pick produced 33 combined tackles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, and two hits.

Davis was originally drafted in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens. The former Iowa Hawkeye defensive lineman spent two seasons with Baltimore before waiving him in 2018.

The re-signing of Davis won’t move the needle for the Cowboys, as they are still the favorites to win the NFC East next season (+110 on FanDuel Sportsbook). However, new defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer wants bigger bodies on the inside, which Davis provides along with depth on the defensive line.

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