IRVING, TX - 2009: Montrae Holland of the Dallas Cowboys poses for his 2009 NFL headshot at photo day in Irving, Texas. (Photo by NFL Photos)
The Cowboys finalized the deal to bring back guard Montrae Holland on Monday night, an eight-year veteran who the team believes will provide Dallas with some depth along the offensive line. Holland was the team's only unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Of course, the team released Pro Bowl left tackle Flozell Adams early last month and drafted only one offensive lineman, tackle Sam Young out of Notre Dame.
After platooning with Cory Procter in place of the injured Kyle Kosier in 2008--starting two games and seeing action in eight--Holland did not play in a game in 2009, a fact that leaves Jerry Jones slightly nonplussed.
"It was amazing that last year Montrae didn't play in games," Jones said. "Of course he practiced, but he gives us the flex that we can really use there. ... He does that and we've got some interesting, real interesting young guys."
Jones may be referring here to the five linemen who attended last weekend's three-day rookie mini-camp, of which only one--Young--was drafted. Travis Bright, who signed as an undrafted free agent out of Brigham Young University last April and spent last season on the practice squad, attended as well.
Holland was a fourth round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2003, and spent four seasons with the team. He started all 16 games in 2007, his sole season with the Denver Broncos, before being acquired by Dallas in a trade, in August of 2008.
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