Dallas Cowboys Quiet But Solid in Free Agency

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Sep 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Keith Rivers (56) breaks up a pass intended for Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte (22) during the second half at Soldier Field. Buffalo won 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Plan C: Keith Rivers

The Cowboys picked up Rolando McClain last year as their plan B because they were short at middle linebacker. Starter Sean Lee tore his ACL and missed the season along with a host of other injuries they had. And the Cowboys got quite a surprise from McClain to the point where he was set to make some money somewhere.

But with the failed drug test, you have to wonder if the Cowboys want him at all anymore. Then you have Lee coming back as the starter as his contract would indicate that he would be just that. But Lee has been hurt so much that you can’t depend on him and if McClain comes back, he could act up again.

So the Cowboys signed Keith Rivers from the Buffalo Bills to be their plan C at middle linebacker. Rivers is a good linebacker that can play the run and cover but lost his way the last couple years with groin strains. But he has the talent to be the next surprise player at middle linebacker for the Cowboys if McClain doesn’t come back and Lee gets hurt again.

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