Watkins Signs Tender Offer Worth $1.2 Million
Patrick Watkins #25 of the Dallas Cowboys pulls the face mask of L.J Smith #82 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on October 8, 2006 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Thursday, Apr 15, 2010 Updated at 4:15 PM CDT
Dallas Cowboys safety Patrick Watkins signed his restricted free-agent contract Thursday, bringing back one of the club's top special teams players.
Any team that wanted Watkins only would've had to give up a fifth-round pick, but he didn't find any takers. So he came back for nearly $1.2 million, his original-round tender price.
Watkins has played in 49 games over the last four seasons and has 56 tackles on special teams. He played 10 games last season, starting one, before spraining a knee ligament in December. He came to the Cowboys as a fifth-round pick from Florida State in 2006.
Receivers Miles Austin and Sam Hurd, safety Gerald Sensabaugh and offensive lineman Duke Preston are Dallas' restricted free agents who have yet to sign.
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