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Cowboys bring back Sensabaugh, talking to Elam

Gerald Sensabaugh AP

The Cowboys went into the offseason wanting to upgrade at safety.

Instead, they brought back Gerald Sensabaugh.

Clarence E. Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Sensabaugh will get $2.5 million on a one-year contract.  The team is also talking to safety Abram Elam, last with the Browns.

Sensabaugh’s contract continues a growing trend. With so many free agents and so little time to sign them, many veterans have been forced to take cheap short-term deals to stay put.

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24 Responses to “Cowboys bring back Sensabaugh, talking to Elam”
  1. iflounder says: Aug 2, 2011 9:24 PM

    and another team passes on donte whitner. please somebody sign him just so i can sleep at night knowing he can’t come crawling back to the bills.

  2. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 2, 2011 9:34 PM

    Abe Elam would be a good pickup for Dallas.

    Every team in the NFC East needs to load up on secondary talent, there is just insane depth of receivers in the NFC. Every team is running with two above average receivers.

  3. cowboysfan18 says: Aug 2, 2011 9:39 PM

    I didn’t mind Sensabaugh’s play too much but Ball was atrocious. I would rather have had Ed Reed, in a wheelchair, with Alzheimers. Whatever the opposite of a “ball hawking” safety is, that’s what he was. Maybe he was allergic to pigskin.

  4. melonnhead says: Aug 2, 2011 9:55 PM

    The Cowboys went into the offseason wanting to upgrade at safety.

    Instead, they brought back Gerald Sensabaugh.

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    Upgrade from Alan Ball and Barry Church, Gregg. It was thought that Sensabaugh was a goner. He can play either side and racked up two sacks and led the team with 5 INTs last season. Definitely an upgrade over what they thought they would have.

  5. longysf says: Aug 2, 2011 10:03 PM

    Jerry must be so upset that his team only got worse this year. Sensabaugh is an “also ran”. Just like the team he just re-signed with.

  6. romoscollarbone says: Aug 2, 2011 10:17 PM

    Abe Elam is solid, but I’d really like if we took a run at Dashon Goldson for FS, and let Sensabaugh play strong. He’s young and showed nice ability with the Niners. And Dez will love him bc his name is Gold’ Son.

  7. jsrdc says: Aug 2, 2011 10:21 PM

    iflounder,

    Sensabaugh has been with the Cowboys, he is familiar with the defense, and he has been solid. Whitner, although he had 140 tackles, had only 1 interception, and his coverage skills are below average. He is good at run support, and a good tackler, but so is Sensabaugh. Whitner will be either re-signed by the Bills very cheap, or another team will take a chance on him, but every day that goes by, the more these players will have to take a pay cut. There are still quite a few good players out there, but Whitner hasn’t been picked up for good reasons.

  8. melonnhead says: Aug 2, 2011 10:22 PM

    Jerry must be so upset that his team only got worse this year. Sensabaugh is an “also ran”. Just like the team he just re-signed with.

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    Every team that doesn’t win the Super Bowl is an “also ran” by definition. There are teams that have been “also rans” since the AFL/NFL merger! Not many but still, can you believe it?

  9. jsrdc says: Aug 2, 2011 10:25 PM

    melonhead,

    Nobody said they wanted to replace Sensabaugh. He has been solid. They needed somebody OPPOSITE him so Ball could go back to CB. Now they bring in Elam, and I am not convinced they don’t go after one more safety given that Sensabaugh came back for a one year contract at a great value. I still think Brodney Pool would be a good potential fit, having played under Ryan in Cle, and the word is he is not going back to the Jets. Time will tell, but I think the Cowboys could easily bring on another S if they do sign with Elam, and that seems to be almost a guarantee. Either way, the secondary will be improved over last year. That isn’t saying a whole lot, but I think they could be greatly improved under Ryan.

  10. sieg1234 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:28 PM

    longysf – how did they get worse? Ha.

  11. krashie21 says: Aug 2, 2011 10:29 PM

    As a ‘Boys fan, the saddest part of this is that Abe Elam started his career as a Cowboy.

    If he had gone out and picked up OJ Atogwe last year when he was available, his safety problems would’ve been solved.

    Just goes to prove that once again Jerruh’s personnel skills are as sharp as ever.

    And Raiders fans think they have it bad…….

  12. melonnhead says: Aug 2, 2011 11:03 PM

    Nobody said they wanted to replace Sensabaugh. He has been solid. They needed somebody OPPOSITE him so Ball could go back to CB.

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    I refer you to the above comment from the article’s author:

    “The Cowboys went into the offseason wanting to upgrade at safety. Instead, they brought back Gerald Sensabaugh.”

    That implies that the Cowboys were looking to upgrade FROM Sensabaugh when the reality is they wanted to keep him all along. The thinking was that they would HAVE to replace Sensabaugh whether they wanted to or not since he was a UFA and looking for a lucrative long-term contract that the Cowboys would probably not be able to give him. Yesterday we were looking at some combination of Alan Ball, Barry Church and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah at the safety positions. I agree with you about Alan Ball, he’s headed back to corner

  13. melonnhead says: Aug 2, 2011 11:16 PM

    If he had gone out and picked up OJ Atogwe last year when he was available, his safety problems would’ve been solved.

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    Atogwe was a restricted free agent last year and the Rams had the right to match any contract offer. They gave him a 5 year, $32 million contract and the Cowboys would have had to get somewhere above that. He’s solid, but he’s not worth $6 million + per season and even the Rams know this because they cut him in February. And he’s not worth the $5.2 million per season he got from the Redskins, either.

  14. shanehockey28 says: Aug 2, 2011 11:44 PM

    Will gladly take Sensabaugh back, had a pretty good season too. If im not mistaken he played SS so Elam would be a FS. The reality is Jerry doesnt have much cap space they may not win the division but I know they will be competitive. Redskins and Giants havent done much in the way of free agency either.

  15. footballhistorian says: Aug 3, 2011 12:18 AM

    Free Safety is a very hard position to fill. There aren’t that many top flight FSs out there. Sensabaugh has a good (comparatively) as we were going to get. Adequate pressure from the front 7 will make a lot of 2nd tier FSs look serviceable.

  16. marjax says: Aug 3, 2011 12:21 AM

    flounder, I thought Whitner was picked up by Cincy

  17. dlr4skins says: Aug 3, 2011 1:05 AM

    Maybe he will have to earn his “star”.

    Give it the old college try coach!

    Earn the star, ha ha ha, why would you draft them if they weren’t “star” ready.

    How cheesy Coach Jason, but great job tanking the playcalling last year. Way to support your boss, maybe you should have to earn your “star”. I can only think Wade thinks of you as a ginger prick.

    Finally glad Snyder/Cerrato combo has been destroyed but Jerry continues to make questionable evaluations at best.

    Do you guys remember what Jerry used to look like before his vinyl rebuild, boob job, face stretch, vasectomy, etc.

    I think the Redskins have made several improvements/upgrades just not flashy ones. Alot was done to get younger and resign for continuity were needed. Still a year away from a viable QB and another OL or two.

  18. duncanthecat says: Aug 3, 2011 1:05 AM

    The worst secondary in the NFC East. Bring Ball back and let the torching continue…

  19. cup0pizza says: Aug 3, 2011 2:56 AM

    Lame. Jones is such an awful g.m. it’s sickening.

  20. ahgeez says: Aug 3, 2011 6:15 AM

    Would be smart of the boys to make a run at Asante Samuels..

  21. traevin says: Aug 3, 2011 6:51 AM

    The sad part is Sensabaugh didn’t really want to come back to the Cowboys and the Cowboys didn’t really want to keep him.

    Does that sound like anybody’s marriage out there?

  22. 7to10for6allday says: Aug 3, 2011 7:08 AM

    Gerald is a bum anyway. The eagles are gonna kick rob ryans fat a$$ up and down the field. What defense has he ran that was actually good?? Their O line is average and they haven’t added anybody that’s gonna make a diff on their D with Ryan at the helm. Lmao at Dallas!

  23. ezdoesit209 says: Aug 3, 2011 9:17 AM

    7to10for6allday says:
    Aug 3, 2011 7:08 AM
    Gerald is a bum anyway. The eagles are gonna kick rob ryans fat a$$ up and down the field. What defense has he ran that was actually good?? Their O line is average and they haven’t added anybody that’s gonna make a diff on their D with Ryan at the helm. Lmao at Dallas!

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    With all that being said the Cowboys have still beat the Eagles 4 out of the last 5 times they’d played them. So00 *rubs chin* hmm lmao at who??

  24. krashie21 says: Aug 3, 2011 1:17 PM

    melonnhead says:
    Aug 2, 2011 11:16 PM
    If he had gone out and picked up OJ Atogwe last year when he was available, his safety problems would’ve been solved.

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    Atogwe was a restricted free agent last year and the Rams had the right to match any contract offer. They gave him a 5 year, $32 million contract and the Cowboys would have had to get somewhere above that. He’s solid, but he’s not worth $6 million + per season and even the Rams know this because they cut him in February. And he’s not worth the $5.2 million per season he got from the Redskins, either.
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    Melonnhead:

    Good points on Atogwe, but my frustration lies with a position that hasn’t been addressed since Darren Woodson retired.

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