Cowboys Sign LB Justin Durant To Help Bolster Defense

Cowboys Sign LB Justin Durant To Help Bolster Defense

Linebacker Justin Durant, who was a locker-room leader and team captain when he played with the Cowboys in 2013 and 2014, is back with the club today after agreeing to a one-year deal.

Durant, 30, played last year with the Falcons but was released by Atlanta immediately after the season.

The Cowboys have needs at linebacker due to questions about the availability of Rolando McClain, who was suspended 10 games for his latest drug-policy violation and has some people in the organization believing the club should cut ties with him. But Durant isn't necessarily a MIKE; most think of him as a weakside linebacker and it's worthy of debate whether he's superior to Anthony Hitchens, the player who figures to be first on the depth chart at the position when Dallas opens camp in 10 days in Oxnard.

Hitchens, Andrew Gachkar and Mark Nzeocha could all be in play at middle linebacker and Durant could end up providing depth and position flex for a group led by Pro Bowler Sean Lee, who is slated to start at WILL ... even amid some understandable speculation about whether Lee should return to the middle for Dallas' defense.

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