Dallas, free agent LB Durant have a deal... if the Cowboys have space

Dallas, free agent LB Durant have a deal... if the Cowboys have space

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: Justin Durant #52 and DeAndre Levy #54 of the Detroit Lions looks to tackle Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth quarter on September 25, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Lions defeated the Vikings 26-23. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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by JOE TRAHAN

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WFAA

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 5:26 PM

DALLAS -- With reports circulating and free agent linebacker Justin Durant (@JDurant52) acknowledging the move on Twitter, its clear the cap-strapped Dallas Cowboys and the defender have reached some type of agreement.

And it must mean more deals are on the way, right?

ESPN's Adam Schefter says Durant and the Cowboys have agreed on a two-year deal, contingent on the Cowboys clearing cap space.

Who knew you could even do that, by the way?

Pro Football Focus rated Durant the eighth-best free agent linebacker available, which would make his price tag somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million per year.

Durant's a six-year veteran, having playing with the Jaguars his first four years and the Lions the last two. He was a second-round pick (48th overall) in the 2007 draft.  He had a career high 103 tackles last year, and played all 16 games for the first time in his career.

Scouts will tell you he's a two-down player who excels against the run. He's athletic, but struggles at times in pass coverage.

He projects as a strong side linebacker, bookending Bruce Carter in the Cowboys new 4-3 scheme, with Sean Lee playing the middle.

Durant was among three free-agent visitors at Valley Ranch Tuesday. Safeties Michael Huff and Will Allen the other two.

Durant made a point to say his goodbyes Tuesday on Twitter (he looks like a good follow by the way -- good sense of humor).

But why would he take himself off the market if he didn't have some kind of financial guarantee? Wouldn't his agent say, "Let's wait until we know we've got something done before you start bidding farewell and mention landing in a new home?"

And how could the cap-challenged Cowboys give any guarantees, unless either Anthony Spencer or Tony Romo's new deals (or both for that matter) are close to being done?

The signs all point to more deal-making, sooner rather than later.

E-mail jtrahan@wfaa.com

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