Cowboys Stun Everyone With Another Free-Agent Signing on Tuesday

Dallas officially acquired two UFL defenders in the same day
The Cowboys signed two UFL defensive players on Tuesday in free agency
The Cowboys signed two UFL defensive players on Tuesday in free agency / Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys continued their surprising flurry of UFL signings on Tuesday, acquiring 2017 first-round CB Gareon Conley following a successful minicamp workout.

Dallas signed All-UFL LB Willie Harvey Jr. Tuesday morning, giving the squad a pair of UFL defenders after a relatively quiet offseason. Conley was a star at Ohio State in college, notching four interceptions his final year, and the Cowboys hope the 28-year-old can tap back into the potential he once showed.

With these two UFL signings, it appears the front office is committed to finding value at important positions given the impending contract negotiations with Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb, and Micah Parsons.

Cowboys News: Dallas Signs UFL CB Gareon Conley

Conley notched 25 tackles and a pair of interceptions with the D.C. Defenders, who finished 4-6 and failed to qualify for the playoffs. He showed promise early in his NFL career with the then-Oakland Raiders, accumulating 37 tackles and four interceptions in 2018, scoring a TD in the process.

Daron Bland and Trevon Diggs are firmly established atop the cornerback depth chart, though there's room for Conley to squeeze in as a depth addition if he impresses at training camp. His pedigree makes him worth a gamble, and it's worth noting he suffered a devastating neck injury in 2019 that could've helped derail his career.

He's now had a full season with the UFL to gain momentum and improve his game. Even if things don't work out, both of Tuesday's signings are wise moves by the Cowboys' front office.

Conley has his limitations but the juice is worth the squeeze. Low-risk, high-reward moves are how expensive teams build champions. Dallas' offseason was underwhelming overall, though these moves represent a step in the right direction.

Bland is a great example of the Cowboys finding an overlooked player. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2022 and became a First-Team All-Pro last year. While Conley's pedigree is different, he's potentially overlooked just the same.

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