Safety Gerald Sensabaugh, one of just two unsigned restricted free agents remaining on the Cowboys roster, has finalized his one-year contract with the club.
Sensabaugh will make a non-guaranteed $1.815 for 2010. He said earlier this week he could be close to signing the one-year deal, offered by the Cowboys on March 4, but still hopes to receive a long-term contract before the season. He says he won't negotiate after the games begin.
A 2005 fifth-round pick by Jacksonville, Sensabaugh came to the Cowboys as an unrestricted free agent, a good fit for the team because of his ties to secondary coach Dave Campo and special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis, both of whom had been on the Jaguars staff.
He started 15 games at strong safety in his first year as a Cowboy, playing through a broken thumb for most of the season. He totaled 81 tackles along with an interception and 10 passes defended.
Sensabaugh was impressive in his ability to play one-on-one coverage against tight ends and running backs split out wide, prompting the Cowboys to protect him with the second-round level tender. Without a longer deal the 26-year-old would hit unrestricted free agency again next off-season.
Owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday reiterated his desire to keep Sensabaugh with the team long-term. Receiver Miles Austin is now the Cowboys' only unsigned restricted free agent.