Another conditional signing for Cowboys?

March, 27, 2013
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Yes, I know we've been Dallas Cowboys-heavy here the past couple of days, but they're the team that's actually making news all of a sudden, so that's the way the cookie bounces or whatever. The latest is Adam Schefter reporting via Twitter that the Cowboys have reached agreement on a contract with veteran safety Will Allen, who will sign once they clear some cap room. Adam reported Tuesday that they'd reached the same arrangement with linebacker Justin Durant.

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Now, Clarence Hill points out that such informal deals are (understandably) illegal according to the CBA and the Cowboys are at risk of a fine if they've been found to have violated the rules. And that's why the Cowboys aren't acknowledging the deals yet. But while I wrote yesterday that these psuedo-agreements could be a sign that contract extensions for Tony Romo and/or Anthony Spencer are nigh, Calvin Watkins writes that the team is looking to cut or restructure the contract of another player on their roster and that they can add the players in question without the new deals for Romo and/or Spencer.

Adding Allen would, I assume, take the Cowboys out of play for free-agent safety Michael Huff, who also visited earlier in the week. And it should quash the notion that they're targeting Kenny Vaccaro in the first round of the draft (though I doubt it will), since it seems clear their plan all along has been to add a veteran safety to cover them in case Barry Church or Matt Johnson doesn't work out as a starter.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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