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Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety Robert Blanton According To His Agent

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The Cowboys look to cover themselves at a very thin position ahead of the 2017 NFL draft.

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The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly made a move in free agency, signing safety Robert Blanton.

The safety position had become a very thin spot on the roster after starter Barry Church and reserve (and former starter) J.J. Wilcox left in free agency. By signing Blanton, the Cowboys give themselves a little more flexibility heading into next week’s 2017 NFL Draft.

Blanton first visited the Cowboys back in the middle of March.

Blanton played strong safety in Buffalo last year and started a couple of games while providing solid help on special teams. His year ended on IR after an injury in late November.

Blanton originally entered the league as a fifth-round draft choice of the Minnesota Vikings. He played there for four years and in 2014 led the team in tackles with 106. He is 27 years old.

The Cowboys are looking for players to compete with Jeff Heath who is currently the starting safety opposite Byron Jones but will surely have competition from free agents and draft picks. Kavon Frazier, a draft pick from last year, would also be in the mix.

Blanton has 19 career starts in the NFL. No word yet on the terms of the contract.