The Cowboys always liked Sensabaugh

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

The Dallas Cowboys agreed to a one-year deal with unrestricted free-agent safety Gerald Sensabaugh on Tuesday. The former North Carolina player spent the past four seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars and had four interceptions and eight pass deflections in 2008.

During the second day of the 2005 draft, I was standing near the Cowboys' scouting department offices when an assistant coach told me the team was hoping Sensabaugh would still be available in the sixth round. The Jags instead took him in the fifth with the 157th pick overall, and the Cowboys ended up selecting Ball State safety Justin Beriault -- a devastating hitter who quickly suffered a career-ending knee injury.

Now Sensabaugh will compete for the starting safety position opposite Ken Hamlin. And like they did with Hamlin, the Cowboys elected to go with the one-year deal. If he has a nice season, the Cowboys can try to lock him up with a long-term deal. If not, he can try his hand in free agency again.

Sensabaugh is known as a big hitter who has limited cover skills. Hmm, doesn't that remind you of someone else who recently left Dallas? Actually, I think Sensabaugh's an upgrade over Roy Williams.

He didn't help himself with his arrest last month for driving with a suspended license. But at least the police let Sensabaugh finish his haircut before cuffing him. With the likely departure of Tank Johnson, the Cowboys will be able to replace him with another player who appears to have a fascination with guns -- especially the loaded kind.