The Cowboys are making things official all across the board. The team announced that both defensive ends – Marcus Spears and Kenyon Coleman – have officially signed their contracts and can join the team as early as Saturday.
They won't be able to practice until Aug. 4 because of the new CBA rules for free agents. But like Kyle Kosier, Doug Free, Jesse Holley, Bryan McCann and Alan Ball did for Saturday morning's workout, Spears and Coleman will be allowed to be on the practice field to observe, along with attending position and team meetings.
Coleman, who signed a two-year contract, is the first free agent from outside of last year's roster to sign with the club. Of course, he has played with the Cowboys from 2003-06 and more importantly, spent the last two years in Cleveland with Rob Ryan.
Coleman and Spears were actually teammates for two years in Dallas until Coleman left before the 2007 season for a two-year run with the Jets.
Spears signed his five-year, $19.2 million deal, just one day after Washington signed Stephen Bowen to a five-year, $27.5 million contract.
The defensive line now has Spears and Igor Olshansky in the mix, along with Kenyon Coleman and second-year pro Sean Lissemore, who has taken most of the first-team reps. Other defensive ends on the roster include Clifton Geathers and Keenan Mace.