The Dallas Cowboys kept two of their own Thursday when the team re-signed linebacker Justin March-Lillard and safety Darian Thompson. Both players inked one-year deals according to dallascowboys.com writer Rob Phillips.
Along with safety Darian Thompson, the Cowboys have re-signed linebacker Justin March-Lillard. Core special teams player who ranked fifth on the team in coverage tackles last year. #cowboyswire
— Rob Phillips (@robphillips3) March 7, 2019
As Phillips points out, these signings are more about special teams and depth than they are about playing any type of meaningful snaps on defense. Fellow linebacker and special teams player Damien Wilson is also an impending free agent, so locking up March-Lillard was important for the Cowboys.
Darian Thompson started his NFL journey as a fairly high pick of the rival New York Giants. He was selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. After playing in and starting every game for the Giants in 2017, Thompson and New York parted ways. He landed on the Cardinals practice squad where the Cowboys poached him and added him to the 53 man roster last season.
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Similar to March-Lillard, Thompson will likely see most of his playing time on special teams. However, with safety being a position the Cowboys are rumored to address in free agency, his actual spot on the totem pole is to be determined.
The Cowboys may not be done tweaking the linebacker room prior to free agency though. Mike Fisher tweeted out that the team is in fact prepared to lose Damien Wilson to a higher offer, but would also like to bring back veteran captain Sean Lee, likely at a discounted rate.
#Cowboys LB stuff: They are bring back FA-to-be Justin March-Lillard. They are prepared to lose FA Damien Wilson. And they are working on ways to retain Sean Lee, who recently told me he is coming back and NOT retiring.
— mike fisher ✭ (@fishsports) March 7, 2019
2019 free agency is shaping up quite nicely for the Cowboys and their needs. Now will the team loosen the purse strings and deal out some major cash? Recent history says no, but one can never be too sure what is cookin’ down Dallas.
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