Justin Durant heads to Dallas Cowboys
Detroit Lions linebacker Justin Durant has agreed to a two-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
ESPN’s Adam Shefter first reported the deal.
Dallas and former Lions LB Justin Durant agreed to a 2-year contract that will be signed once Cowboys create more cap space, per team source
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 26, 2013
The Cowboys have a $123 million salary cap which needs to be freed up before the signing becomes official, according to MLive.com. The Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Durant in 2007. In four seasons with the Jaguars, Durant had 272 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 11 pass deflections and two sacks.
“Shout out to Detroit man I wanna thank y’all for the luv and support y’all showed me the past couple years I really appreciate it” Durant wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “I thank the organization for allowing me the opportunity to play the last 2 years I am forever grateful.”
Durant has played the last two year with the Lions. Last year he had a career-high 103 tackles, with seven tackles for loss, three pass deflections, and one-half sacks. The Lions plan to replace Durant with a combination of veteran Ashlee Palmer and second-year players Tahir Whitehead and Travis Lewis according to MLive.com. The results of the upcoming NFL draft will play into who replaces Durant.
The Cowboys are going from Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense to Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 defense. Durant’s ability to play pass defense would be an asset to Kiffin as he employs his Tampa 2 coverage according to SB Nation. Durant is the fourth Detroit free agent to sign with another team this offseason. Defensive end Cliff Avril agreed to terms with the Seattle Seahawks, offensive tackle Gosder Cherilus went to Indianapolis, and defensive tackle Sammie Hill joined the Tennessee Titans.