'Boys sign Olshansky

The Dallas Cowboys signed former Chargers defensive end Igor Olshansky to a four-year, $18 million deal yesterday with $8 million virtually guaranteed.

He will be reunited with Wade Phillips, his former Chargers defensive coordinator.

Olshansky (6-6, 309) played five seasons in the Chargers' 3-4 scheme. He started 57 of 59 games and had 187 tackles and nine sacks.

He had 54 tackles and two sacks last season for the Chargers

The native of the Ukraine is the first player from the former Soviet Union to play in the NFL.

The Cowboys needed to make a splash on the defensive line after Chris Canty signed a six-year, $42 million deal with the Giants.

The next big priority for the Cowboys is signing Pro Bowl linebacker DeMarcus Ware to an extension. Ware still has one year left on his original rookie contract from 2005.

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