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Cowboys sign safety Robert Blanton

The Cowboys signed Robert Blanton to help with their depth at safety after losing Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox in free agency. Timothy T. Ludwig/USA TODAY Sports

FRISCO, Texas -- After visiting with the team in March, free-agent safety Robert Blanton has signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys lost Barry Church (Jacksonville Jaguars) and J.J. Wilcox (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) in free agency, creating a need at the position, but the addition of Blanton will not alter the Cowboys’ plans in next week’s NFL draft.

Blanton started two of the 10 games he played for the Buffalo Bills in 2016 before a foot injury cut short his season. Blanton notably got into a pre-game scuffle last season against the New England Patriots.

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.

The Cowboys have safeties Byron Jones and Jeff Heath atop the depth chart at the moment but have had a number of safeties in for pre-draft visits, like Texas A&M's Justin Evans, Utah’s Marcus Williams, Connecticut’s Obi Melifonwu and Louisiana Tech’s Xavier Woods, who figure to be options in the second and third rounds.