Gowin Returns to Dallas

Former Cowboys punter Toby Gowin is returning to the team, signing a five year-contract Monday. The deal is worth nearly $4 million, including a $500,000 signing bonus, the Cowboys said on their official web site.

Gowin, who will count nearly $600,000 against the salary cap, spent the first three years of his career in Dallas. After leaving the Cowboys in 1999, he moved on to New Orleans before re-signing with Dallas yesterday.

The Cowboys released punter Micah Knorr last season after he botched a fake field goal and bobbled a good snap on an extra point. He was replaced by rookie Filip Filipovic.

"Toby is a proven commodity who brings a lot to the table in terms of consistency and versatility," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said.

"He is a weapon as a punter and kickoff man, and his ability to hold on place kicks is an additional bonus. Over the course of the past few seasons we have seen how valuable a player of Toby's many abilities can be. It's good to have him back."

Last year, Gowin finished sixth in the NFC with a 41.9-yard gross average and a 36.9 net average.

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