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Cowboys Sign Linebacker; Other Teams Release Some Big Names

Isaiah Greenhouse, the newest Dallas Cowboy
Isaiah Greenhouse, the newest Dallas Cowboy

The Dallas Cowboys actually made a move in free agency. Okay, it's not exactly earth-shattering news, but they signed a linebacker. From the mothership:

It doesn't appear there will be a flurry of free agency action before Thursday night's CBA deadline, but the Cowboys did make a move to add depth to their linebacker position on Tuesday.

The team agreed to a contract with 23-year-old Isaiah Greenhouse, a 6-2, 234-pounder who had been in the Houston Texans organization since going undrafted last April. He played in two games for Houston last year without registering any stats, and was released when the team brought Brian Cushing back from suspension. Greenhouse returned to the Houston practice squad, but was released along with four other players on Feb. 18.

Cuts from around the league below...

Yesterday, the Redskins cut Clinton Portis. Here's what Portis said.

"I should be released today...It was a decision that was best for the both of us....There's no hard feelings...I dont think it's a money situation. It's more the expansion growth of a person. The expectations are hard to accept not being the go to guy...It was a mutual decision. They gave me the opportunity to re-do my deal or re-structure and continue to talk and try to make a move but for the organization and after seven years, for myself, maybe it's best...I talked to Mr. Snyder. It was an emotional situation."

The Chicago Bears release DT Tommie Harris.

Once one of the league's most dominant defensive tackles, Harris hasn't reached the Pro Bowl since 2007, largely because of injuries. But Harris said he started to feel better toward the end of the 2010 season.

"I think my best football is ahead of me. I haven't hit my prime yet," said Harris, 27. "I didn't start feeling good until the end of the season."

Harris said teams have already expressed an interest in him, and he may find a new NFL home sooner than later, presumably before a new CBA is worked out.

The New York Jets cut four veterans including Kris Jenkins and Damien Woody.

Despite the NFL's labor uncertainty, the New York Jets began the process Monday of paring their roster, releasing right tackle Damien Woody and nose tackle Kris Jenkins. The Jets also released linebacker Jason Taylor and defensive end Vernon Gholston, according to league sources.

All four moves were expected. Woody and Jenkins are older, high-salaried players coming off major injuries; Taylor is expected to retire after one mediocre season with the Jets; and Gholston proved to be a draft bust.