More than two months after being released by the Cowboys, former safety Gerald Sensabaugh has been re-signed by the club.
But it won’t be for long. In fact, Sensbaugh’s playing career officially comes to an end as he plans to retire after eight seasons.
The former safety signed his paperwork Thursday morning at Valley Ranch. The club will move him to Reserved/Retired list on Friday.
Sensabaugh spent the last four years with the Cowboys and even signed a five-year extension near the end of the 2011 season worth $22.5 million. However, he only saw one year under that contract, playing through the 2012 campaign before being waived by the Cowboys, who saved about $1.5 million on the salary cap by cutting him from the roster before the March 12 start to the new league fiscal season.
He was originally drafted in the fifth-round (157th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by Jacksonville out of North Carolina. For his career, he started 84-of-112 games, posting 469 tackles, two sacks, six tackles for loss, 43 pressures, four forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 14 interceptions. He also excelled on special teams throughout his career, recording 41 tackles, four blocked kicks and one fumble recovery.
Sensabaugh signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys in 2009, and then had a pair of one-year deals before the 2010 and 2011 seasons before getting his extension.
Last year, Sensabaugh played in 15 games, but ranked ninth on the team with 62 tackles. He recorded an interception in the preseason opener against the Raiders, but never picked off another pass the rest of the season.
In the past, the Cowboys have re-signed players such as Emmitt Smith, Larry Allen and, most recently, Marc Colombo to allow them to retire with their former team.