Cowboys Re-Sign Darren Woodson

The five-year, $20 million deal for Woodson, includes a $5 million signing bonus. The Cowboys now have about $20 million to use under the league's 2002 salary cap of $71.8 million.

Woodson, received a $4 million signing bonus and that will count $2.55 million on the salary cap this season with a base salary of $750,000 and an additional $1 million roster bonus.

The move was an important one for the Cowboys, as Woodson is generally regarded as the leader of the defense on and off the field. He also is heavily involved in the community in Dallas through several non-profit organizations.

Woodson, a five-time pro-bowler, has never been a free agent, and with this new contract, he will likely finish his career in Dallas.

"I'm so excited about today because this is my home and this where it all started and where it will end someday," Woodson said. "I didn't want to go anywhere else. I've always felt I'd be a Dallas Cowboy forever."

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