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Cowboys sign veteran safety Robert Blanton to one-year deal

(USA TODAY Sports)

The Dallas Cowboys have signed veteran safety Robert Blanton to a one-year deal, Rob Phillips of the team’s official website reports.

A fifth-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in 2012, Blanton, who turns 28 in September, had his best season in 2014, starting 13 games and finishing with 106 tackles and an interception.

In four seasons in Minnesota Blanton played in 60 games, with 17 starts. He recorded 136 tackles and made his greatest impact on special teams.

Last season with the Buffalo Bills, Blanton played in 10 games with two starts and 18 tackles before a foot injury cut his injury short.

The Cowboys are looking to next week’s NFL Draft to further bolster the safety position, with Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox having left via free agency. The club is happy with Byron Jones in the secondary and believes Jeff Heath can play a bigger role.

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