For starters, they got a new inside linebacker in Keith Brooking and special teams player in Matt Stewart.
They also filled a major need for a backup quarterback with Jon Kitna. Gone is Brad Johnson, who was badly exposed at the end of his career last season in filling in for injured Tony Romo for three games.
And most recently they signed defensive end Igor Olshanksy and safety Gerald Sensabaugh.
Olshansky got a four-year deal worth $18 million with approximately $8 million guaranteed. He will replace Chris Canty at right end. Canty signed with the Giants. Olshansky came from San Diego where he played under Cowboys coach Wade Phillips to begin his career and is familiar with the Cowboys' system.
Familiarity was also key in signing Sensabaugh. He came to Dallas from Jacksonville where secondary coach Dave Campo formerly coached.
Sensabaugh got a one year deal for $1.75 million. He will play strong safety alongside free safety Ken Hamlin.
It also means that the Cowboys won't move cornerback Orlando Scandrick to safety.
UPDATED TEAM NEEDS
1. Receiver: The departure of Terrell Owens means the Cowboys will look at a receiver in the draft. Roy Williams will be the focal point, but they need another receiver to stretch the field.
2. Cornerback: The Cowboys traded Anthony Henry as part of the Jon Kitna acquisition. And although they plan to let Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick compete for the starting role at right cornerback opposite Terence Newman, they remain somewhat thin at the position. They need to sign a veteran option and still target a cornerback or two in the draft.
3. Safety: Roy Williams was released and Keith Davis is a free agent. The Cowboys don't have any answers and few options at a position that is arguably the weakest on the team. An upgrade is a must. The Cowboys signed Gerald Sensabaugh, but this will still be a focus in the draft, likely at the end of the first day.
Updated Dallas draft needs
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