"The signing of Anthony Henry today is a step in the direction of putting some key pieces in place so that we can have the continunity (in the secondary) and consistency that we didn't have last year," said Cowboys' owner Jerry Jones.
"Anthony is a known quantity in the NFL. He's a corner with size. He has the tackling ability that you look for. He's solid in his coverage skills and he has the ability to make a play on the ball," added Jones.
The announcement is likely the first of two for Thursday, as the Cowboys will also look to make the signing of former Jets' defensive tackle Jason Ferguson official, and possibly the singing of former Packers' offensive lineman Marco Rivera official as well.
"Coach Parcells talked to me about the character of this secondary," Henry said. "Young guys like Roy Williams and Terence Newman. Once we get together as a group, I think it will be a good fit."
Henry, who recorded 76 tackles and four interceptions last year for the Browns, figures to be the starting cornerback opposite Terence Newman next season.
Thursday morning, he said that Bill Parcells was instrumental in him coming to Dallas, but he also noted that he'll be working for his former position coach in Cleveland- Todd Bowles.
"When I met with him yesterday in his office, we kind of set down and had a one-on-on conversation. He said there were things he could teach me to better myself, like locating the ball, and help me stay better health-wise. I have a lot of confidence in what he's done in the past, and I've never heard any players say anything bad about him," said Henry.
"It's a tremendous opportunity for me to be here in Dallas. But just knowing Coach Bowles and him coming here. I figure I'll be able to figure out the system quickly."
Jerry Jones hinted that there will likely be one more press conference today, but it is unknown how many new signings will be officially announced.
RanchReport.com reported first yesterday that both Anthony Henry and Jason Ferguson had reached an agreement with the Cowboys in principle.
Jones also said today that the Cowboys would continue to look at the available free agents- particurally at safety.
"Certainly, we are going to be evaluating what we are going to look at safety. It's likely that we are going to do something at safety in free agency," Jones said.
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