Gerald Sensabaugh is average

SAN ANTONIO - One of these days, Gerald Sensabaugh will figure out he’s not a star.

He’s an average player.

No more, no less.

There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s far better than being a bad player.

Sensabaugh has been an unrestricted free agent after each of the past two seasons. Each time, he assumed he was getting a big money deal.

Each time, he returned to the Cowboys - the prodigal son comes to mind - and signed a one-year deal.

The 28-year veteran will earn $2.5 million this season, and he’ll have yet a another opportunity after this season to sign a long-term deal with a club, especially if he can make plays like he did at the end of last season.

Sensabaugh finished the season with 71 tackles, five interceptions and 10 pass deflections.

For now, though, he makes the Cowboys better. After all, the thought of Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Barry Church might even make Rob Ryan reach for a bottle of Maalox.

Now, the Cowboys should be able to zero in on Abram Elam, who played in Ryan’s system last season in Cleveland. If they can, then the Cowboys will start the season much better at safety than they ever were in 2010.