(Hat tip to Deke who always finds these stories first.)
The Dallas Cowboys matched the offer sheet from the New Orleans Saints for restricted free agent S Keith Davis. The Cowboys bring back a valuable special teams player who started at FS last year. Davis' role in 2006 is still undefined as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has made no secret about the need to upgrade the position. Still, the signing of Davis gives Dallas some relief in the upcoming draft, where they may have reached for a FS to replace him. Now, they can choose a FS when the value is there and open the position to competition in training camp. There's still the possibility that the Cowboys will sign another free agent to compete after the draft.
While the Cowboys have made the decision to match the deal, the process might take through the weekend before it becomes official. The Cowboys are challenging some of the language in the contract, but even if the league doesn't agree with their interpretation they still will match the offer.
Good, I hope they win that challenge, these "poison pills" in restricted free agent contracts are becoming ridiculous.