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James Hanna back to Cowboys on three-year deal

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 16:  James Hanna #84 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a touchdown catch as he is defended by Arthur Brown #59 of the Baltimore Ravens in the second half of the preseason game at AT&T Stadium on August 16, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

Tight end James Hanna went to San Diego to visit with the Chargers on Friday, which might have been just the impetus that he and the Cowboys needed to extend their working relationship.

According to multiple reports, Hanna has agreed to a three-year deal with the team. It has a total value of $8.25 million with $3.25 million in guaranteed money.

The move brings back a player who served as a blocking complement to Jason Witten at tight end over the last four seasons. Hanna has started 29 games over that period and has 33 catches for 286 yards in his infrequent appearances as a target in the passing game.

The Cowboys now have Witten, Hanna, Gavin Escobar and Geoff Swaim under contract at tight end. Hanna also joins linebacker Rolando McClain, tackle Charles Brown, linebacker Kyle Wilber and cornerback Josh Thomas as free agents returning to Dallas for the 2016 season.

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15 Responses to “James Hanna back to Cowboys on three-year deal”
  1. frankfortschooldropout says: Mar 11, 2016 6:35 PM


  2. dallasfan76 says: Mar 11, 2016 6:38 PM

    Should’ve let him walk. This guy averages one catch every two games. Part of cap management is to know which guys to re-sign and which players to let walk. Clearly they should have let him walk and used this money to plug another hole in that. D.

  3. cowboysallday says: Mar 11, 2016 6:42 PM

    I love it, the Cowboys are leaving no holes open while not breaking the bank. Just need a defensive end now

  4. reapshavoc says: Mar 11, 2016 7:01 PM

    Cowboysallday if you new how to read it says he is used as a blocker. He isn’t a receiving TE. He comes in on run plays and screens. Written and Escobar are the receivers. Helps if you read the article before you post stupid stuff.

  5. cowboysallday says: Mar 11, 2016 7:13 PM

    Lol what does him being a blocking tight end have to do with anything? He’s a great blocker with great speed and will be a serviceable #2/3 for the future. Especially with Escobar being on his final year of his rookie contract and witten getting up there with age.

  6. cowboysallday says: Mar 11, 2016 7:21 PM

    @reapshavoc also I find it hilarious that you call Escobar a receiving tight end. Just go ahead and look up both of their stats from last season

  7. boltergeist19 says: Mar 11, 2016 7:26 PM

    Wow, he is not worth that kind of cheese. TEs are easy to find in a draft and only see about 60-70 targets a year. Cmon bolts find depth in the DL and the OL and spend this way. If that were the case they would have resigned LG.

  8. trollaikman8 says: Mar 11, 2016 8:06 PM

    He does the dirty work and can even play some FB.
    Has decent speed/hands but just doesn’t get the targets.
    Overall he helps the running game a lot and this is a good re-sign for both sides.

  9. nflrule says: Mar 11, 2016 8:22 PM

    Those names don’t exactly strike fear into anyone…

  10. reapshavoc says: Mar 11, 2016 8:57 PM

    Cowboysallday- you said to let him walk which makes no sense being he is one of the better players at his craft. Escobar is considered a receiver and maybe you should look at your team’s all around receiving yards from last year. Witten takes the majority of the snaps. And also just because his stats don’t show it might just mean he isn’t that good cuz yes Escobar is supposed to be a receiving TE.

  11. theseekeroffun says: Mar 11, 2016 10:52 PM

    nflrule says:
    Mar 11, 2016 8:22 PM

    Those names don’t exactly strike fear into anyone…

    Neither does your name or your comment.

  12. ajpineda86 says: Mar 12, 2016 2:09 AM

    reapshavoc You’re arguing with the wrong person. cowboysallday never said they should have let Hanna walk. Dallasfan76 said that. If you “knew” how to read you would have known that. Read before you gone on and post stupid stuff.

  13. thefootballgodssay says: Mar 12, 2016 7:19 AM

    lol cowboys got no money what like 9 million under the cap lol they can not spend thats because they gave romo injury prone qb 110 million and over 110 million for tron smith who btw looked lost against vernon last year and they gave over 80 million to an injury prone wide out

  14. co99622 says: Mar 12, 2016 9:16 AM

    Last time Bryant had an injury that kept him out of a game was 2010 before this year. I would hardly call that injury prone. Tyron smith grades out as one of the top left tackles in the game, his contract is very team friendly. I’ll give you Romo, but you just look like trolling tool on the others

  15. Grulks says: Mar 12, 2016 10:22 AM

    Oh no, Dallas only has ~9million in cap space, what will they do?!

    Yeah, $9million, with no major free/restricted agents to resign. They have their entire OL, QB, WR, TE, and key LB’s under contract for years. Most of our DBs are locked up as well.

    Why don’t you tell us how many other teams have that many key positions under long term contracts, and still have $9million in cap space? And thats before we dump Carr and his $13.8 million cap hit.

    Yes, Dallas has some holes, and needs. But nothing that cant be addressed in the draft, esp considering the hefty bevy of draft picks they have. Which, since they are drafting 4th over all, are all excellent picks.

    Go ahead and keep trolling idiot, Dallas fans are pretty excited that we are in excellent cap shape, building through the draft instead of FA, with lots of high level draft picks.

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