FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys continue to add to the defense as the second week of free agency begins, agreeing to terms with former Lions starting safety Jayron Kearse.
Kearse had a visit with the Cowboys scheduled for Wednesday, as did the safety of free agents Damontae Kazee and Malik Hooker. It’s a one-year contract for Kearse.
Clemson’s seventh-round pick in 2016, Kearse spent his first four seasons as a substitute with the Vikings before starting seven games with Detroit last year. The Lions gave up on Kearse in December and he signed with the Ravens’ practice squad ahead of the playoffs.
The Cowboys also struck a deal with former Falcons safety Keanu Neal over the weekend, although Neal could play more linebacker than safety in defensive coordinator Dan Quinn’s plan.
It’s unclear at this point whether the Cowboys will come to a deal with Kazee and / or Hooker. But Kearse adds depth to safety, as well as a boost to special teams. He was a special teams captain for the Vikings and played a key role in cover units throughout his career.
Kearse, 27, has played 73 career games (12 starts) with 130 defensive tackles, 10 breakouts and one interception.