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Cowboys sign former Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton

Cedric Thornton AP

The Cowboys signed another defensive end in free agency this year, but this one is lower-profile, and hopefully lower-headache, than the last one.

According to Todd Archer of, the Cowboys have signed Eagles free agent Cedric Thornton to a four-year deal.

Thornton, 27, gives the Cowboys some positional flexibility up front, but it’s a modest pick-up. He has 4.0 sacks in four seasons, so the expectations aren’t that high.

Again, it doesn’t have the high-end potential of last year’s Greg Hardy deal, but since he proved to be more trouble than he was worth (nearly $9 million for six sacks and countless┬ádistractions), the Cowboys might not mind not going down that path.

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17 Responses to “Cowboys sign former Eagles defensive end Cedric Thornton”
  1. adimuz95 says: Mar 10, 2016 5:27 PM

    Always liked him, never had stand-out numbers but never caused any trouble and always played hard. Sucks to see him sell his soul to the devil

  2. viper0290 says: Mar 10, 2016 5:31 PM

    Good signing, Dallas playing smart not paying good players as great players as free agency does- see Giants for example. Building through the draft is the way to go

  3. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 10, 2016 5:34 PM

    Dallas has the worst d line in the NFC East

  4. fbwangus8736 says: Mar 10, 2016 5:35 PM

    He was an end in the 3-4 the Eagles ran. He will be a DT in the 4-3 the Cowboys use. Good at stuffing the run.

  5. polapea says: Mar 10, 2016 5:52 PM

    Good run stopper, not a pass rusher. Can play too high at times but a solid d-lineman.

  6. richiethegreek says: Mar 10, 2016 5:53 PM

    You shouldn’t puff your chest out and start talking trash just because your team gave 52.5 million guaranteed to a guy who had a whopping 7.5 sacks in a contract year. Giants fans have become worse than Cowboys fans.

  7. vonzip1221 says: Mar 10, 2016 5:56 PM

    Nice signing. Now we can get rid of Nick Hayden, who is a bum ! About time. Now lets sign Carroll and Casey Heyward and re built this DLine

  8. steves11 says: Mar 10, 2016 5:59 PM

    Not sure why the Eagles were so willing to let him walk, but Oh Well…..I guess they didn’t think he was worth the money that he was asking.

  9. jjones1446 says: Mar 10, 2016 6:01 PM

    nothing to see here, keep moving LOL

  10. redsoxu571 says: Mar 10, 2016 6:22 PM

    Darin Gantt, up to his usual standards. Way to point out that Thornton has “only” 4 sacks in 4 seasons, when he is set to be a 1-tech DT (aka a run stuffer). You might as well point out his lack of interceptions while you’re at it!

  11. Philly Eagles In 20xx? says: Mar 10, 2016 6:36 PM

    Good for you . . Ced. – Always like his attitude.

    He worked up his way up from being an undrafted free agent in 2011 to a good starter.

    Hard worker, deserves the money.

    We’ll be rooting for you.

  12. therealtrenches says: Mar 10, 2016 8:33 PM

    So the Eagles moved on from him because they’re moving on from the 3-4 to the 4-3, and the Cowboys are picking him up to use him in the 4-3, huh? Somebody doesn’t understand his skill set. Not sure who.

  13. thereyougo2 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:36 PM

    Last time I saw Thorton he was lying on his stomach being run over by Washington offensive linemen.

  14. trollaikman8 says: Mar 10, 2016 8:42 PM



    Good luck with your outside linebacker Giants.

  15. nenlain says: Mar 10, 2016 10:10 PM

    Cedric is a solid player. I would have been happy to keep him. Good pick up.

  16. ppletr says: Mar 10, 2016 10:42 PM

    Good player, not a star but, really solid in his role. Good luck. (except vs Eagles LOL)

  17. ppc50 says: Mar 11, 2016 12:05 AM

    Not many sacks, but a lot of tackles, hard worker, like the signing

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