IRVING, Texas – Scott Sicko hopes that his brief retirement from football will soon be forgotten.
Sicko, a tight end from New Hampshire, declared after he went undrafted that he’d pursue his post-graduate education instead of a pro football career. He turned down free agent contract offers from a handful of team, including the Cowboys.
He reconsidered after phone calls from offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and tight ends coach John Garrett, signing with the Cowboys earlier this week.
“I allowed myself and my emotions to calm down and me to step back from the situation and really think what’s best for me and what’s going to make me happy,” said Sicko, who had 57 catches for 725 yards and nine touchdowns last season. “Playing football has always been a dream for me my entire life, so I was just really happy that the Cowboys stuck with me through it. I’m incredibly happy that I’m here now.”
Sicko will have a tough time cracking the roster with perennial Pro Bowler Jason Witten, potential star Martellus Bennett and John Phillips established on the depth chart at tight end. But the Cowboys are curious to see how Sicko fares as a fullback and H-back in their system and think he could have a future here.
“We like him,” Jason Garrett said. “He was a guy that we targeted toward the end of the draft or certainly in free agency. He has good ability. He has good production. He’s athletic, good size, can catch the football.
“It’s worth a couple of phone calls to convince a guy that, ‘Hey, this is a good situation for you.’ I think he understood that once we talked him through it.”