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Cowboys 2016 Free Agency: Tight End James Hanna Agrees To Three-Year Deal

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The Cowboys are keeping the band together.

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The Dallas Cowboys are continuing their strategy of re-signing their own free agents by agreeing to a deal with tight end James Hanna. Hanna was reportedly getting interest from other teams like the San Diego Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings, but decided to stick with the only team he has known in the NFL.

Hanna was drafted by the Cowboys in the sixth round of the 2012 draft. In that time he has spent the bulk of his duties helping the running game with blocking assignments and acting as a second tight end in many formations for Dallas. Even though Jason Witten starts every game, Hanna is actually listed as starting 29 games in his career, a testament to how often the Cowboys use him in two tight end formations. Even though he has shown some athleticism, the Cowboys rarely call on him in the passing game.

The Cowboys seem to believe that the 2014 season, with the 12-4 record, is more indicative of where they are as a team than the disastrous 2015 season. They are re-signing their own free agents at a rapid pace and are keeping costs down. One would guess they will start going outside of the organization more once the prices continue to drop around the league.