The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly interested in bringing back veteran linebacker Justin Durant as a sort of insurance policy while the team navigates through player suspensions and injuries in their front seven.
Per DallasCowboys.com's Bryan Broaddus, the team "might be" inclined to pull the trigger:
Should the move come, it'll undoubtedly be a result of Damien Wilson's recent arrest and David Irving's four-game ban he'll have to serve to start the season. On top of that, second-year Jaylon Smith is "expected" to be ready, but it's so hard to tell after his January 2016 ACL tear.
Per BloggingTheBoys, backup linebacker recently underwent a knee scope. Moreover, there had been speculation about potentially bringing in a veteran linebacker like or Daryl Washington.
"But what that discussion showed is there aren't really a lot of options currently available that could be an immediate and reliable help for the Cowboys.
Justin Durant, who will turn 32 in September, is a name that hadn't garnered a lot of consideration, but now it looks like the Cowboys are looking at him as an option once again. The Cowboys know Durant well; he was in Dallas from 2013-2014, and even became a defensive captain in 2014 before leaving for Atlanta in 2015, only to re-up in Dallas in July last year - and we could be seeing a repeat of that this year.
Durant knows the Cowboys scheme well, so he'd be an immediate fit once he gets his conditioning right. If nothing else, Durant will provide the Cowboys with some cheap insurance and an additional option as they head into camp. The Cowboys had him on a one-year deal a year ago, so why not bring him in on another one-year deal?"
Durant didn't start any games last year, but played 282 snaps in 13 games. The 31-year-old has played in 10 NFL seasons, racking up 635 tackles, 4.5 sacks, three interceptions and six forced fumbles.