Gone But Not Forgotten; The Safety Issues

Rosenhaus: Terrell, I have some good news and bad news for you.
Owens: I love me some me, so give me the good news first.
Rosenhaus: I've got a deal done, you're getting more than you were going to make this year in Dallas on a one-year deal and on top of that you're going to play in New York.
Owens: So what could be the bad news, Haus?
Rosenhaus: Uh, that's Buffalo, New York.

Edwards, who says he was leaving a funeral when he found out the Bills had signed Owens . . . .

So far in free agency the Cowboys have signed quarterback Jon Kitna, linebacker Keith Brooking, linebacker Matt Stewart, defensive end Igor Olshansky and did sign safety Gerald Sensabaugh early Tuesday evening. Let's see, Cowboys head coach Wade Phillips and new special teams coach Joe DeCamillis had Brooking in Atlanta. Stewart was with Phillips and DeCamillis in Atlanta and with defensive line coach Todd Grantham in Cleveland. Olshansky played for Phillips in San Diego. And Dave Campo and DeCamillis were in Jacksonville with Sensabaugh, who signed on Tuesday after passing his physical. Sense some sort of trend there? . . .

Speaking of Sensabaugh, this appears to be one of those good value signings if he can behave himself (more on that later): A one-year deal for a 25-year-old with 24 NFL starts under his belt. He will receive a chance to compete for a starting job, and if nothing else gives the Cowboys more depth at a position they basically were becoming depth-less at, what with the release of Roy Williams and Anthony Henry, Pat Watkins coming off neck surgery and Keith Davis still parading around in free agency. If nothing else, Sensabaugh can play special teams, and this signing might not bode well for Davis' return.

There has been talk of the Cowboys moving Orlando Scandrick to free safety in order to make him an every-down player, and then insert him in the slot on the nickel. But that would entail moving Ken Hamlin to strong safety, where he would have more tackling responsibilities against the run. Not sure about you, but that scares me judging from his tackling track record. Or maybe he'll have to compete with Sensabaugh, although there are $9.5 million reasons why he will probably end up the starter, although Cowboys owner Jerry Jones suggested Tuesday night in an interview on 105.3 The Fan here in Dallas-Fort Worth that the signing of Sensabaugh might prevent them from having to "moving another corner" to safety.

Now, you are probably asking, as well as I was, why does a guy with such seemingly enticing credentials as Sensabaugh end up in free agency and then only is expected to sign a one-year deal after taking visits to Kansas City and New Orleans? Well, appears Jacksonville decided not to re-sign Sensabaugh, who has been involved in three run-ins with police in his hometown of Kingsport, Tenn., since 2007. The latest occurred last month when he was stopped for driving on a suspended license and prior to that stopped for speeding and found to be carrying an unlicensed gun. Now I'm guessing Campo and DeCamillis vouched for his character . . . .

Got to look at Olshansky as a value signing, too. The former Charger signs what amounts to a four-year, $18 million deal, including a $6 million option bonus.

Canty, on the other hand, signed a six-year, $42 million deal with the Giants, including $17.5 million guaranteed. One averages $7 million a year and the other $4.5 million. Let's compare: Olshansky, a former second-round draft choice, has played five NFL seasons. The 6-6, 309-pounder turns 27 in May. Canty, a former fourth-round pick, has played four seasons in the NFL. The 6-7, 304-pounder turns 27 in November. Let's continue. Olshansky finished the 2008 season with 54 tackles and two sacks, starting 13 of 16 games. Canty finished with 64 tackles and three sacks while starting 16 of 16 games. For their careers: Olshansky has started 70 of the 75 games he's played in, totaling 241 tackles and 11 sacks. Canty has started 50 of the 64 games he's played in, totaling 197 tackles and 10 sacks.

So to me, basically the same guy, but one comes for $2.5 million less a year . . . .

Sorry, I lied. One more from T.O. I almost forgot. Upon signing in Buffalo, in one of his many interviews, he said he would give "181 percent." Get it? Not 100 percent. Not 110 percent. One-hundred and just-so-happens-to-be 81 percent. Boy, does he ever love him some him . . . .

And lastly, now I'm reading how Buffalo head coach Dick Jauron is the perfect head coach to handle T.O. since he is stern yet even-tempered and controlled. Is there

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