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Breaking: Cowboys Sign Joe Looney To Add Offensive Line Depth

This one is to fill a very specific hole.

Joe Looney, the newest Cowboy.
Joe Looney, the newest Cowboy.
Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

It has been reported at that the Dallas Cowboys have signed free agent Joe Looney, an interior offensive lineman who played for the Tennessee Titans last season. Looney is the fourth outside free agents to come to terms with the Cowboys, joining Cedric Thornton, Alfred Morris, and Benson Mayowa.

Looney has appeared in 27 career games at both guard positions and center. He started six games at guard for the Tennessee Titans last year. The 25-year-old Florida native was a fourth-round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2012 NFL Draft. - David Helman

Looney addresses a very specific hole on the Dallas roster, replacing Mackenzy Bernadeau, who was lost in free agency to the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is strictly a depth signing, but one that is definitely needed. His presence resolves the question of who would back up Travis Frederick. The Cowboys still also have reserve guard Ronald Leary, although he is still eligible to receive an offer from another team as a restricted free agent. Looney also gives the Cowboys some room to decline to meet an offer if it is more than they want to pay. There is also at least a possibility that they might try to utilize Leary in a trade now, although that is speculative.

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