The Dallas Cowboys’ free agent safety Gerald Sensabaugh is open to returning to the team in 2011, but he intends to test the free agent market, his agent Kevin Conner said on Tuesday, per Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com.
Conner made the statement as the NFL is surrounded by doubt, as to whether the owners and players’ union--who have been locked in contentious negotiations for some time, with no end seemingly in sight--will be able to work out a new collective bargaining agreement, thereby staving off the league’s first work stoppage since 1987.
On the current agreement, the two sides have until 10:59 PM CT on Friday to work out a deal before the lockout officially goes into effect.
Sensabaugh has spent the past two seasons with the Cowboys, both under one-year contracts. According to his agent, the veteran’s goal is to obtain a more long-term contract, be it in Dallas or elsewhere.
"Our main goal and objective for Gerald is to secure a long-term deal," Conner said. "We are strategically preparing for that opportunity, both with Dallas and the free-agent market. We have contingency plans for both scenarios. Gerald fully understands the nature of this side of the business."
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