Continuing to look for help in the defensive backfield, the Dallas Cowboys have spoken extensively with Marshall safety C.J. Spillman in recent weeks, TheRanchReport.com has confirmed.
Spillman, originally from Louisville, Ky., earned his second straight all-conference selection this past year for the Thundering Herd. The ball-hawking safety finished his senior season with 71 tackles, fourth best on the team. He also broke up four passes this season, recorded 1.5 tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble.
The previous year Spillman led the Herd with 131 tackles.
The Cowboys released Roy Williams last month after eight seasons in Dallas and somewhat satisfied their immediate need at safety with the signing of Gerald Sensabaugh weeks later, but there is still a need at the position in next week's draft.
Sensabaugh only signed a one-year deal and the Cowboys have no one behind Sensabaugh -- or free safety Ken Hamlin.
Outside of the Cowboys, the San Diego Chargers have also shown extensive interest in Spillman's services.
Spillman, who also played basketball at Marshall during his career, is currently ranked as the No. 21 safety available in the 2009 NFL Draft by Scout.com.
He will likely be a late-round pick in next weekend's draft.
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