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The Dallas Cowboys have finally made their first signing of the 2013 free agency period.
Stephen Jones has announced that the Cowboys have re-signed linebacker Ernie Sims to a one-year deal for the league-minimum salary according to several reporters. Clarence Hill was the first to report it in the following tweet.
Cowboys have signed linebacker Ernie sims to one year deal for league minimum, per stephen jones— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) March 18, 2013
Personally I think this is a good move by the Cowboys as they make the move to the 4-3. Sims will be a great insurance policy for any injury to either Bruce Carter or Sean Lee, as he has traditionally been a 4-3 Will linebacker until 2012. Sims played well fitting into an unfamiliar scheme, and made enough of an impact to earn another look in 2013.
It's also interesting to note that Sims was selected in the first round in 2006 by the Detroit Lions, under first year head coach, none other than Rod Marinelli, so there are definitely ties (Shout out to Todd Werley @twerley62 for pointing that out).
This move helps eliminate a need for the Cowboys depth at the LB position following the scheme switch, and release of Dan Connor. He'll also provide some speed and tackling ability to the special teams unit.
Jones also joked that the Cowboys have "thousands" in cap space available.
So what say you Blogging The Boys? Was it a good move to retain Sims or should they have moved on?