LB Dan Connor to visit the Cowboys

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys drafted Bruce Carter in the second round of last year’s draft despite a serious knee injury, knowing that the payoff on him would come in the future.

While the Cowboys are pleased with Carter’s development, they scheduled a visit with Carolina Panthers free agent linebacker Dan Connor, according to a source.

Connor was credited with 87 tackles last year by the Panthers' coaches in 15 games (11 starts). He also had a forced fumble. He has 19 starts in his career and missed most of his rookie season in 2008 with a knee injury after being selected by Carolina in the third round.

If he joins the Cowboys, he could pair up next to fellow Penn State alum Sean Lee.

The Cowboys have had some discussions about free agent Keith Brooking returning, as well.