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Cowboys 2015 Free Agents: Dallas Re-Signs Defensive Tackle Nick Hayden

Number 96 returns for another year.

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The Dallas Cowboys have re-signed one of their own, bringing back defensive tackle Nick Hayden on a one-year deal. Hayden has been a presence in the middle for the Cowboys over the past two years where he rarely disrupts the pocket, but he does hold his ground in the running game, freeing up other players for tackles. Coach Rod Marinelli appreciates Hayden's steady play, smarts and his durability.

Many Cowboys fans have been looking for a player who is more dynamic at the position, someone who can get upfield and cause havoc in the backfield. If the Cowboys can create pressure from the middle they could improve on their paltry sack numbers. If a QB can't step up into the pocket and has to avoid Greg Hardy at the same time, the Cowboys defense will be in business.

Even with the one-year deal, the Cowboys could still look at other options, including the upcoming draft, but could still fall back to Hayden if nobody else materializes. He at least adds experience and familiarity and another body in the defensive tackle rotation.

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