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Source: Cowboys to host free agent linebacker Dan Connor

Jeremy Shockey, Dan Connor AP

The Dallas Cowboys are moving on from veteran inside linebackers Keith Brooking and Bradie James, and attempting to get younger at the position.

Sean Lee, 25, is entrenched as a starter at one of the inside spots. 2011 second-round pick Bruce Carter, 24, is a candidate to fill the other.

The Cowboys want competition for Carter, however. A league source tells Florio that Dallas has scheduled a free agent visit with Dan Connor.

Connor, 26, is a quality run-stopping inside ‘backer who was underutilized in Carolina for most of the past four seasons. He was playing behind Jon Beason. Connor still earned 19 starts, tallying 156 tackles and a forced fumble.

Connor is the 36th overall player on PFT’s Free Agency Hot 100.

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9 Responses to “Source: Cowboys to host free agent linebacker Dan Connor”
  1. linvillegorge says: Mar 13, 2012 8:02 PM

    Input from a Panthers fan: Connor is a solid backup inside LB who is a good downhill tackler inside the box. However, he struggles to play in space and can’t cover anyone. You feel good having him as a backup, but if he’s penciled in as a starter you’re in trouble.

  2. eaglesfootballfan says: Mar 13, 2012 8:11 PM

    Connor also has an injury history. He had surgery last year so you don’t know if he is fully healthy.

  3. mawalters12 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:15 PM

    @linville – doesn’t carolina run a 4-3 defense? I think he can do well alongside sean lee in the middle. In a 3-4 defense he won’t be roaming in as much open space by himaelf. Just my opinion but I think he will be fine switching to a 3-4

  4. isetheskyonfire says: Mar 13, 2012 8:40 PM

    interesting i do like how the cowboys realize they need to get younger on d (minus james and brooking) you never kno he could turn into a nice lil pick up

  5. chrisvegas says: Mar 13, 2012 8:47 PM

    I hope the Cowboys sign him so the Eagles Won’t! This guy reminds me of Mark Simoneau.

  6. chap6869 says: Mar 13, 2012 8:51 PM

    Amen to that Chrisvegas, the Eagles need a MLB but IMO, this guy isn’t it.

  7. lilrob10201 says: Mar 13, 2012 9:05 PM

    Take him.I hope my Eagles do not try to get him because he has a injury history.

  8. uslim2nun says: Mar 13, 2012 9:20 PM

    I thought Dan Connor played on Rosanne

  9. jacobslatter says: Mar 13, 2012 9:34 PM

    The Boys should give Keith Brooking a 1 year $1.995 million dollar contract fully guaranteed so he can pay back Wells Fargo. Don’t hide assets, you meathead.

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