Cowboys trying to finalize assistant coach position

February, 8, 2012
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At the Senior Bowl, head coach Jason Garrett said the Dallas Cowboys had interviewed several candidates to become an assistant secondary coach.

The team is on the verge of finalizing a deal to make Joe Baker the assistant secondary coach, according to a source. Baker, who was let go by Tampa Bay after the 2011 season along with the rest of the coaching staff, played college ball with Garrett at Princeton from 1987 to 1988.

Baker was a wide receiver and while he didn't play professionally, he has coached with six NFL teams. In Tampa Bay, he was the linebackers coach.

If hired, Baker will assist Jerome Henderson, who is the Cowboys secondary coach. A void in the coaching staff developed after Brett Maxie left the Cowboys to become the secondary coach with the Tennessee Titans.

There are no plans to make any more hires to the Cowboys coaching staff after the team hires an assistant secondary coach.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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