FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys have had the same long snapper since the 2005 season and it’s not going to change anytime soon.
The club re-signed veteran L.P. Ladouceur on Tuesday, inking the deep snapper to a one-year contract.
Because of the NFL’s Minimum Salary Benefit rule, it allows teams to sign veterans such as Ladouceur to a one-year deal but only a portion of his contract will count against the cap. In Ladouceur’s case, he will earn over $1.2 million but his cap charge will be just over $725,000.
Ladouceur, who turned 38 last week, returns for his 15th NFL season. He’s one of just two players in Cowboys history to play in over 200 games and ranks second on the club’s all-time list with 221 games.It appeared he could close in on Jason Witten’s team-record of 239 career games played before the veteran tight end came out of retirement this offseason.
Currently, Witten is tied with Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei for most seasons played with the Cowboys at 15. Ladouceur is now set to join that group this year with this 15th season.
More impressive than his years of service, Ladouceur has been rather perfect throughout his career, never having a bad snap on punts, field goals or extra points.
His only hiccup throughout his career might have occurred in last year’s loss to the Redskins when he was flagged for a snap infraction, as officials said he moved the ball before a potential game-tying field goal. After the penalty, kicker Brett Maher missed a 46-yard attempt off the upright and the Cowboys lost, 20-17.
Ladouceur is the seventh unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the Cowboys in the last week, joining Jamize Olawale, Darian Thompson, Cam Fleming, Justin March-Lillard and Tavon Austin. The Cowboys also signed defensive linemen Christian Covington and Kerry Hyder.