The Dallas Cowboys are looking at the chance to bring in some heavy artillery to help out their defensive line. No, not a new machine in the weight room to help players get stronger or faster. Instead the team is talking about bringing in a tank – that being former Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson. The Dallas Morning News is reporting that sources are stating that Johnson is on the Cowboys radar, despite the fact that Cowboys VP Stephen Jones did not comment on the interest in Tank on Tuesday.
Johnson might just be a welcome addition after the team lost nose tackle Jason Ferguson for the season with a torn right bicep. The team placed Ferguson on the IR Tuesday, and signed nose tackle Remi Ayodele. As for Johnson, signing him now would only be a tease, as Johnson due to his past mistakes is suspended for the first eight games of the 2007 season.
Jones did admit Tuesday that when it comes to signing players, they do discuss past history as far as off the field conduct. “That’s part of the equation,” Jones said. “On the field, off the field, medical, we look at all of that before we decide whether to sign anybody.” Johnson could be back on the field if he lands with the Cowboys or elsewhere on October 29th.
The agent for Johnson, Jerrold Colton, said that his client would be ready to go once his suspension is up. “He’s determined to be in the best shape of his life and report to whatever team he signed with ready to help them as soon as he’s eligible,” Colton said. “He’s very hopeful that this season that’s off to an unpleasant start can end in a triumphant way.” It remains to be seen if that “triumphant way” is with a star on the side of his helmet.