Cowboys agree to 5-year deal with Jaguar LB (Archer)
Cowboys agree to 5-year deal with Jaguar LB
03:24 PM CST on Monday, March 13, 2006
By TODD ARCHER / The Dallas Morning News
IRVING – The Cowboys agreed to a five-year deal Monday with linebacker Akin Ayodele, the second free agent to come to terms with Dallas since the market opened Saturday.
Guard Kyle Kosier, a former Lion, signed a five-year, $15 million deal with Dallas on Saturday that included a $5 million signing bonus.
Growing up, Ayodele, an Irving MacArthur product, served as a ballboy for some Cowboys games at Texas Stadium.
The Cowboys visited with Ayodele (6-2, 251) on Saturday. The Cowboys had extensive talks with the agent for linebacker Scott Fujita, who started the final eight games of 2005 for Dallas, but he is visiting with Jacksonville, Oakland and New Orleans.
To acquire Fujita last year, the Cowboys gave up a sixth-round pick in 2006 and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2007, but he did not meet certain playing-time requirements last season to make the Cowboys give up that pick too.
In 64 games with Jacksonville, Ayodele, 26, had 343 tackles and 8½ sacks with three interceptions, eight pass deflections and eight forced fumbles. He forced four fumbles in 2005, finishing with 72 tackles.
Ayodele was the Jaguars third-round pick in 2002 out of Purdue, where he played defensive end and finished with 29 sacks in three years.
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