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Phil Costa signs two-year deal with Cowboys

Phil Costa

Dallas Cowboys center Phil Costa (67) is taken off the field after an injury against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)


After scrambling to restructure a bunch of contracts last week, the Cowboys continue to work the fringes of their own free agent market.

According to Todd Archer of, the Cowboys signed center Phil Costa to a two-year contract.

Costa was going to be a restricted free agent, and will make something less than the $1.323 million tender he would have required now. Such deals generally include some guaranteed money in the form of a signing bonus in exchange for one of his unrestricted free agency years.

Costa started every game for the Cowboys in 2011, but only played in parts of three games last year because of back and ankle problems.

The Cowboys have also signed long snapper L.P. Ladouceur, after having the restrucuture most of the significant veteran contracts just to get within the bounds of the salary cap.