Cowboys to bring in Will Allen and Justin Durant

March, 24, 2013
The Cowboys with only $102,000 in salary cap space available will bring in two free agents, strong safety Will Allen and linebacker Justin Durant, for visits to Valley Ranch on Monday, according to a source.

Allen started seven games for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season and finished with five pass breakups and one forced fumble as Troy Polamalu's backup. Allen has played in 130 games in his career with 33 starts.

The Cowboys have a goal of signing a veteran safety to play with starting free safety Barry Church. Matt Johnson, who missed his entire rookie season with hamstring injuries, is another possible starter at strong safety.

Durant started 14 games for the Detroit Lions and finished second on the team with 103 total tackles based on the team statistics. Durant played outside linebacker in the 4-3 defense. He had half-a-sack and three pass breakups last season.

The projected strong side linebacker in the Cowboys defense is Kyle Wilber, but the team would like more competition at that spot. Alex Albright is another possible starter.
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for He joined in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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