An emotional Leonard Davis met with the media Monday afternoon, just 24 hours after coming to terms with his new team - the Dallas Cowboys.
"I'm really thankful to have the opportunity to play with the Cowboys," Davis said in his opening statement. "I watched them growing up and watched the Super Bowls and watched all the guys that came through.
"I expressed to Jerry that I really wanted to play for the Cowboys. I want to win games."
Davis who stands in at over 6-feet-6 inches tall and weighs over 350 pounds isn't the sort of player you'd expect to get emotional at a press conference. But that's exactly what happened Monday at Valley Ranch.
As he finished his opening comments to the Dallas media, Davis struggled to complete his thoughts about arriving in Dallas after spending his first six years in the NFL in Arizona.
"I came here to win championships," he said before becoming visually upset. "Obviously I haven't been able to do that through this part of my career. I'm here to win games. I want to win championships."
The Cowboys, of course, are hoping he does just that. Especially owner Jerry Jones, who has drawn criticism in the past for signing free agents that failed to pan out.
"We have identified the offensive line as an area between signing our own players there as well as free agency was a real must for us and we feel great that Leonard is joining the Cowboys," said Jones. "You just don't get a chance to get a 6-year veteran in the NFL at 28 years old. When you look at the future it just glares out at you. The flexibility his skills give us ... all of this came into play."
New head coach Wade Phillips said Davis could get a look at any spot on the offensive line outside of center.
"When I got here the first area we needed to look at was the offensive line," said Phillips. "Signing our center was certainly a big key and now signing Leonard is a very big key.
"He's an outstanding player. He can do so many things well. He can run block as well as any tackle I've ever seen. He can play both tackle and guard and he's got experience. Like Jerry said you don't get many chances to get an experienced, outstanding player."
Davis said he feels he could play either position, but his future in Dallas could be determined by what happens with free agent Marc Colombo. If the Cowboys can re-sign Colombo, Davis will likely end up at right guard, if not, he'll get a chance at right tackle.
"I don't really have a preference," Davis said. "I feel like I can be successful at either one."
Davis, who was originally selected as the No. 2 overall selection in the 2001 draft out of Texas by the Cardinals, has been largely viewed as a disappointment through his first six seasons in the league. Monday he said he's looking forward to a fresh start with the Cowboys.
"Something new is coming up. I'm all about the challenges," he said. "I've dealt with challenges all my life. Being as big as I am, I've always been looked upon as a leader. The expectations are nothing new to me."
Emotional Davis Wants Championships
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