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Report: Cowboys interested in Justin Durant as possible veteran insurance at linebacker

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Durant is familiar with the Cowboys' system, adds veteran depth, and gives the Cowboys more options at linebacker heading into camp.

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According to Bryan Broaddus of DallasCowboys.com, the Cowboys might be interested in a Justin Durant return to Dallas.

After Damien Wilson's recent arrest for assault with a deadly weapon, combined with the ongoing uncertainty about Jaylon Smith's health, and backup linebacker Mark Nzeocha recently undergoing a knee scope, there had been speculation about potentially bringing in a veteran linebacker like David Harris or Daryl Washington. But what that discussion showed is there aren't really a lot of options currently available that could be an immediate and reliable help for the Cowboys.

Justin Durant, who will turn 32 in September, is a name that hadn't garnered a lot of consideration, but now it looks like the Cowboys are looking at him as an option once again. The Cowboys know Durant well; he was in Dallas from 2013-2014, and even became a defensive captain in 2014 before leaving for Atlanta in 2015, only to re-up in Dallas in July last year - and we could be seeing a repeat of that this year.

Durant knows the Cowboys scheme well, so he'd be an immediate fit once he gets his conditioning right. If nothing else, Durant will provide the Cowboys with some cheap insurance and an additional option as they head into camp. The Cowboys had him on a one-year deal a year ago, so why not bring him in on another one-year deal?

Durant didn't start any games last year, but played 282 snaps in 13 games,

If the Cowboys do end up signing Durant, there's one thing they can rely on right now: he'll show up healthy and he (probably) won't be suspended.

In Dallas these days, that's already something.