The Dallas Cowboys are looking to their past to provide help in the secondary.
Looking for additional help entering the second half of the 2005 season, the Cowboys signed veteran safety Tony Dixon on Monday.
Dixon, a second-round pick out of Alabama in 2001, had 96 tackles, six sacks and one interception in four seasons with the Cowboys.
Dixon signed with the Washington Redskins in June as an unrestricted free agent before being released on Aug 23.
Last season, Dixon replaced the injured Darren Woodson in the starting lineup and started seven of the first nine games but fell out of favor because of poor tackling and often being out of position.
He was benched and replaced by Scott, who also re-signed with the Cowboys Monday.
"They wanted to sign a veteran guy," said Dixon after his departure from Dallas. "A guy that's been in the league longer. A guy who's had more experience than I have. I wish them success in finding it."
Ironically, the Cowboys would never find such a player.
Meanwhile Scott started nine games last year, recording 69 total tackles, one sack and one interception.
In 2003, he played in all 16 games for first time in NFL career. He also appeared in lone post-season game for Dallas. He finished the season posting 23 tackles on defense and eight more on special teams.
The Cowboys depth chart at free safety is somewhat depleted after back up Willie Pile suffered a groin injury against Arizona on Sunday. His status for the Philadelphia game in two weeks is questionable.
To make room for the two new additions, Dallas released veteran running back Anthony Thomas, and also placed DL Jay Ratliff (ankle) and LB Al Singleton (collarbone) on injured reserve.
Currently, the Cowboys have 52 players on their regular season roster, meaning there is one slot open for another possible signing.
Cowboys Sign Two; Bolster Secondary
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