FRISCO, Texas –After losing two core special teams players to free agency, the Cowboys have re-signed veteran long snapper L.P. Ladouceur, retaining a key member of their kicking operation for a 14th season.
Ladouceur had reached the end of a five-year contract he signed in 2013, but at 37 years old, he remains one of the Cowboys' most reliable players. Originally signed following a workout 2005, he has snapped the ball cleanly game after game for the last 13 seasons.
Ladouceur's consistent snaps earned him a Pro Bowl selection in 2014.
Since free agency began last Wednesday, the Raiders have signed fullback Keith Smith and linebacker Kyle Wilber away from the Cowboys. Oakland seemed like logical competition for Ladouceur because new Raiders special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia coached him in Dallas from 2013-17 and Oakland chose not to re-sign their own longtime long snapper, Jon Condo.
Instead, Ladouceur is back in Dallas, which will ensure that the Cowboys' kicking group (punter Chris Jones, kicker Dan Bailey, Ladouceur) remains intact for 2018.