Gerald Sensabaugh hoped to receive a long-term contract averaging in the ballpark of $5 million per season, but ultimately chose to return to the Cowboys for one year and $2.5 million.
While there wasn't as much demand as the safety expected, his spirits are still high.
"What they're paying me? I'm from the country, Kingsport, Tenn." Sensabaugh said. "I can't complain. My head's not going to be down, I'm up. I'm glad to come out here and play. I don't care what anybody else got, but for me, I can be comfortable with what they gave me."
Sensabaugh said the Cowboys and other teams offered longer contracts. Ultimately, the Cowboys' offer had to come up before he re-signed for a single season.
He also said his love for the city of Dallas, the franchise itself and his teammates were a factor in his preference to return.
"(Tuesday) was going to be my deadline," Sensabaugh said. "I wanted to make sure that wherever I chose, I wanted to make sure I gave myself enough time to learn the system. The long-term deal, there was a couple deals out there, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for, so I just decided to chance it once again on a one-year deal."
Sensabaugh bet on himself with a one-year contract when originally signing with the Cowboys in 2009, but wasn't expecting to qualify as a restricted free agent last year, when the Cowboys kept him under a one-year tender.