FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys continued their run of re-signings on Friday, as they brought defensive tackle Daniel Ross back into the fold.
The Cowboys’ signed the rotational defensive tackle to a one-year deal, ensuring his services through the 2019 season. Ross had been an exclusive rights free agent, so the decision to re-sign him was simply a matter of tendering him.
Much like Antwaun Woods, Ross was an unexpected surprise along the Cowboys’ defensive line last season. The Cowboys signed him off Kansas City’s practice squad in November 2017 to fill the hole created by Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension, but he appeared in just three games and didn’t make much of an impact.
Given a full offseason and training camp with the team, though, Ross flourished in 2018. He appeared in 13 games as a rotational defensive tackle, notching 14 sacks and a tackle while playing just 24 percent of the Cowboys’ snaps.
Bringing Ross back is important to the Cowboys’ depth at defensive tackle, which is easily one of their weakest positions heading into the 2019 league year. With David Irving indefinitely suspended and unexpected to return to the team, Ross joins Maliek Collins and Woods as the only defensive tackles currently under contract.
Ross has been playing professionally for five years, as he spent time with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League in both 2014 and 2016. Following that, he spent time on the practice squads of the Houston Texans, Detroit Lions and the Chiefs before eventually finding his way to Dallas.