Cowboys Sign 'Pedigreed' LB Keith Rivers
This doesn't rank high on the Dallas Cowboys' wish list compared to their desire to keep Rolando McClain. Nor does it rank above the hopes on Justin Durant, on whom we might need to tap the brakes for a moment. But the Cowboys have added to their linebacking stable with a Wednesday agreement to a one-year deal with Keith Rivers.
What does the 28-year-old Rivers offer? Most of all, a pedigree. He was cut by the Buffalo Bills in February after having signed a two-year deal worth $5 million there ... and then getting crowded out of the lineup, recording just three starts.
But the 6-2, 235-pounder from USC was once a premium prospect as the No. 9 overall pick in the 2008 Draft by the Bengals. The Cowboys will be his fourth NFL team (he was with the Giants for two years) and he's a strong-side guy so he presently goes into the mix with Anthony Hitchens and (hopefully) Durant, with a healthy Sean Lee set to return as either the weakside starter (if McClain stays) or the MIKE.
The feeling inside Valley Ranch is that Bruce Carter might get an offer that tops anything Dallas wishes to pay. Durant, meanwhile, certainly wishes to stay. And Rivers? He was at Valley Ranch on Wednesday and his deal is official.
*So Dez gets the non-exclusive franchise tag, Stephen Jones tells CowboysHQ.com. That puts Dallas at $129 million of used cap space ... plus Dez' $12.8 mil hold ... which equals $141.8 million. But the cap is at $143.28 million? Yes. Now add the $5 million carryover from 2014 (that essentially makes Dallas' cap $148 mil) ... and there was about $7 mil of room before the Beasley deal. And now you see how fluid and flexible this all is.
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*In an exclusive with Stephen Jones, CowboysHQ.com learns the team's "shop-and-drop'' plans with DeMarco Murray. And as you ponder the McCoy-to-Bills deal (Philly seeing one of the two best runners in football as too expensive and expendable) prepare yourself for buzz about the single best runner in football, Adrian Peterson -- and how the market is too flooded with "good'' to overpay for "good.''
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