Restricted free agent safety Jeff Heath agreed to return to the Dallas Cowboys on a four-year deal, the team announced Wednesday.
Prior to that, Heath had received a tender offer worth $1.67 million, which he had a week and change to sign under league rules—the deadline for restricted free agents to sign their tenders is April 22—so the deal comes as something of a surprise.
That said, the hard-hitting safety has developed into a nice role player for the Cowboys since coming into the league as an unrestricted free agent out of Saginaw Valley State in 2013, so it’s not an outright shock. He led the team in special teams tackles (9) and interceptions (2) in 2015.
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With Heath signed, reserve guard/center Mackenzie Bernadeau, who received a second round tender, is the Cowboys’ lone restricted free agent.