Cowboys Agree to Terms with OL

As expected, the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with offensive lineman Jason Fabini. The veteran lineman had been rumored to be headed to Dallas for weeks.

Looking for additional help on the offensive line, the Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms with Jason Fabini Friday.

Fabini is the second offensive lineman that will be signed by Dallas since the start of free agency seven days ago. The Cowboys also signed Detroit guard Kyle Kosier to a five-year deal.

Fabini's three-year contract is worth $6 million, with the possibility of moving up to $7.5 million. He is expected to come in and immediately take over the starting right tackle position ahead of second-year man Rob Petitti.

Fabini, who was cut earlier this year by the Jets, was also drawing heavy interest from the Patriots and Bucs.

The 6-7, 304-pound product of the University of Cincinnati, just completed his eighth season in New York. Orginally a fourth-round draft selection, Fabini started every game he had played in at the pro level (114 regular season games) before going down with a season-ending chest injury last year.

After beginning his career as a right tackle (1998-1999), he moved to the starting left tackle spot during the team's 2000 training camp and manned the position through the first quarter of the 2005 season before returning to right tackle following a sprained knee injury in game three vs. Jacksonville.

In 1998 Fabini earned the distinction of becoming the first Jets' rookie offensive lineman to play and start in all 16 games since left tackle Chris Ward in 1978, and he also became the first rookie right tackle to start in all 16 games since Marvin Powell accomplished the feat in 1977. Fabini also started all seven postseason games he played in as a member of the Jets during his eight seasons in New York.

Once viewed as a "project," Fabini parlayed excellent work ethic and mental toughness into becoming one of the most consistent tackles in the league.

In fact, Parcells often compared last year's rookie tackle, Rob Petitti, to the standard Fabini set during his time as head coach of the Jets.

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