'Boys Sign Blocking TE

As expected, the Dallas Cowboys signed a tight end to replace Dan Campbell Friday.

It didn't take long for the Dallas Cowboys to find a quality replacement for veteran tight end Dan Campbell.

Friday, just six days after Dallas allowed Campbell to hit the open market, the team signed unrestricted free agent Ryan Hannam (6-2, 245) to a four-year deal.

A four-year veteran out of Northern Iowa, Hannam has been with the Seattle Seahawks since his arrival in the National Football League. For his career, he has caught 22 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns, but he is better known for his blocking as opposed to his ability to get open downfield.

The former Seahawk also left quite an impression on the Cowboys last year when he caught a game-tying touchdown against Dallas in a dramatic come-from-behind 13-10 Seattle win in week seven.

Hannam's role with the Cowboys is clear- serve as a back up to one of the top pass-catching tight ends in the league in Jason Witten, and continue to excel as a blocker.

Hannam also received significant interest from the Miami Dolphins. He visited with Miami earlier in the week before speaking with the Cowboys Friday.

Dallas has now signed three unrestricted free agents from other teams this off-season. The Cowboys signed Detroit OL Kyle Kosier on the first day of free agency, and the team also came to terms and signed Jacksonville LB Akin Ayodele just 48 hours later.

Ryan Hannam Bio
2004: Saw action in all 16 games. Most of action was on special teams the first half of the season before hauling in eight catches for 110 yards on the year. Totaled two receptions for 44 yards at Minnesota (12/12) with a career-long 36-yard reception that helped set up a Seahawks touchdown. Also caught two passes in final versus Atlanta (1/2/05). Had one punt return for 6 yards and one special teams tackles. Saw time at tight end and on special teams in playoff game versus St. Louis (1/8/05).

2003: Played in five games before being place on injured reserve (right knee) October 31. Was inactive (knee) in the opener versus New Orleans (9/7) and at Cincinnati (10/26). Injured knee versus Chicago (10/19). Did not total any catches, but returned first-career kickoff 17 yards versus San Francisco (10/12).

2002: Played in 15 games on special teams including eight at tight end. Had one reception on the season (at Arizona, 11/10) for a 16-yard touchdown. Was inactive (flu) at Dallas (10/27). Had six total special teams tackles.

College: Three-year starter at Northern Iowa. Collected 86 catches for 957 yards and seven touchdowns in 47 career games. Named All-Gateway Conference first team. After starting all 14 games, finishing second on the team with a career-high 43 receptions for 404 yards (9.4 avg.) as a senior. Closed his career with four catches for 22 yards against Montana in the Division I-AA Championship game. As a junior, earned All-Gateway Conference honorable mention and All-Academic pick. Earned honorable mention academic all-conference as a sophomore. Played in every game, started four, and was the team's fifth leading receiver with 23 catches for 253 yards (11.0 avg.) and five touchdowns.

High School: Earned four letters in football, baseball and track, and three in basketball at St. Ansgar (Iowa) High School. Was a three-time All-District pick on the defensive line. National Honor Society Member. Son of Paul and Lowana Hannam. Resides in St. Ansgar, Iowa.

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