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Cowboys free agent news: Dallas reaches deal with former Chiefs tight end Blake Bell

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The Cowboys are adding depth to the tight end position.

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During the opening days of free agency, the Dallas Cowboys made it a priority to lock down one of their most potent aerial weapons for the foreseeable future. This sentence is obviously true of wide receiver Amari Cooper, but it is hopefully also accurate in regards to tight end Blake Jarwin. For the first time in forever the Cowboys have a young and promising tight end that they will lean on in the coming years (all due respect to new Las Vegas Raiders tight end Jason Witten).

With Jarwin taken care of, the Cowboys did need some depth behind him. They have 2018 draftee Dalton Schultz, but other than that were still in need. That changed on Wednesday morning.

The Cowboys are bringing in tight end Blake Bell

The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl and obviously tight end Travis Kelce was a big part of that. Another tight end on their roster was Blake Bell, a former quarterback and tight end at Oklahoma. With Sooner roots he is now back home as he is joining the Cowboys, per ESPN.

Having signed Blake Jarwin to a four-year contract and lost Jason Witten to the Las Vegas Raiders, the Cowboys have reached an agreement on a deal with tight end Blake Bell, who caught eight passes for 67 yards for Kansas City last season, according to a source. Bell is known mostly as a blocker with just 38 catches for 424 yards in his career, but he did catch a pass in the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV win. Bell will join a tight end group that includes Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Cole Hikutini.

While Bell only played on 38% of the offensive snaps last year behind Travis Kelce, he was a key part of the Chiefs special teams. Bell played on 50% of the special teams snaps for the Chiefs; he could be a big part of the revised Cowboys special teams under new coordinator John Fassel.

The Cowboys new defensive line coach, Jim Tomsula, was the head coach of the San Francisco 49ers for one season (2015). Tomsula’s 49ers spent a fourth-round pick on Bell so he clearly likes him.

Hopefully he’ll be able to provide depth and experience for the group behind Blake Jarwin.