With a less than spectacular job of bringing in some safeties so far this preseason, the only signing being the retention of Gerald Sensabaugh, the Cowboys have signed former Cleveland Brown Abram Elam Tuesday. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but it is thought to be a one-year deal.
The signing of Elam brings some much needed experience in Rob Ryan’s defense. The safeties are the quarterbacks for Ryan’s scheme and a player with some experience with Ryan was invaluable. Elam will slide right in Thursday when the free agent signings are expected to be allowed to play.
Elam broke into the league with the Cowboys in 2006 as an undrafted rookie. Following his one year stint in Dallas, Elam had two decent years in New York with the Jets. Elam parlayed that into a nice contract and a starting spot in Cleveland for Ryan in 2009 and 2010. Elam had 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 2 sacks, and 10 passes defenced last season and is looking to build on that this season in Dallas.
As per usual, the Cowboys have solidified the safety spot with one-year deals which means that they will have to address it again next season. As for right now, the Cowboys are just glad they have a couple of guys with some experience who can help bring along Barry Church, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, Andrew Sendejo and Danny McCray. While not flashy, Sensabaugh and Elam should make a solid pair.