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Cowboys Sign Special Teams Maven Will Herring

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    Will Herring intercepts a pass against the Giants.

    Be honest, the Cowboys have responded to the departures of DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher with two guys you’ve never heard of.

    Make it three.

    We’re still not sure who’s going to replace the combined 17 sacks of Ware and Hatcher, but we are now certain whom the Cowboys feel will lead their special teams next season with the signing of veteran Will Herring to a one-year contract.

    Herring, 31, played at Auburn, spent four seasons in Seattle before playing the last three years with the Saints. He was the Saints’ special teams captain last season and can also play some backup linebacker. In New Orleans Herring made three starts with 35 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

    In other words, the Cowboys hope Herring is everything they failed to get when they signed Dan Connor in free agency two springs ago. Herring’s arrival might also signal the end to special teams expert Danny McCray’s Cowboys career, as he is also an unrestricted free agent who struggled mightily when forced into the passing game last season.

    The signing of Herring certainly isn’t sexy. Nor are the additions of defensive linemen Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain. But these are prudent, financially responsible football moves.

    If you don’t like ‘em, be careful what you ask for.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.