ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 25: Wide receiver Brian Finneran #86 of the Atlanta Falcons is tackled by Terence Newman #41 and Gerald Sensabaugh #43 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 25, 2009 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh expressed hope on Monday that he would return to Dallas in 2010. But the veteran, a restricted free agent as of this off-season, wants a long-term deal. However, the Cowboys seem more likely to offer him a tender, which would give the team the choice between matching any offer or opting for a compensatory draft pick.
Also, in all likelihood, such a deal would allow Dallas to keep the strong safety for a salary similar to that in 2009.
"I really don't want to play the market. I don't want to get tendered," said Sensabaugh. "I would love to be here in Dallas. Hopefully we can get something worked out. I don't want to go anywhere else, but I don't want to do another one-year contract either."
According to a report in the Dallas Morning News, Sensabaugh is somewhat more optimistic about a return than he was a year ago as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. After last season, Sensabaugh cleared out his locker after the final game of the season.
"I'm going to leave my stuff here," said Sensabaugh. "I'll be around, I hope."