Less than a week after lining up against the Dallas Cowboys in London, veteran linebacker Dekoda Watson will join the team.
The Cowboys got a good look at Watson in London, as he started at linebacker for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 31-17 Dallas win and recorded five tackles--two on defense and three on special teams. He was released by the Jags on Tuesday but the Cowboys were apparently impressed enough to snatch him up.
Head coach Jason Garrett discussed the signing on Thursday at Valley Ranch.
“A veteran player who’s a very good [special] teams player, can go in and play on defense for us,” Garrett said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Has a comfort level with the scheme that we have both on special teams and on defense and did a nice job in the game the other day. I think he had a couple, three tackles and really kind of showed up. Kind of admired him from afar. Some of the coaches on our staff have been around him and really like him.”
A seventh round pick by the Bucs in 2010, Watson spent his first four seasons in Tampa Bay before heading to Jacksonville last offseason. In his last full season, with the Bucs, he recorded 42 tackles, a career-high two sacks and a forced fumble.
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