Cowboys sign pair of linemen to futures contracts

AP

The Dallas Cowboys signed defensive tackle Nick Hayden and guard Charlie Bryant to futures contracts on Monday.

Until the new league year begins and free agents can officially be signed on March 12, teams are only allowed to sign players to futures contracts

Hayden is a four-year NFL veteran that has appeared in 28 games and made 13 starts during time spent with the Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers. Hayden was released by the Bengals in training camp and did not play in the league last season.

Hayden is likely insurance for the uncertain status of Josh Brent and Jay Ratliff. Brent faces charges for intoxication manslaughter after the December accident that claimed the life of teammate Jerry Brown. Ratliff was arrested in January for drunk driving.

Bryant has spent time with the San Diego Chargers practice squad the last two seasons.