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With free agency entering the final stages, we'll review the Cowboys' last five free-agency classes.
We'll start with 2009.
Starts earned: 43
Analysis: The Cowboys signed three defensive players to help then-coach Wade Phillips in a critical third season. The Cowboys were coming off a playoff-less 2008 season and Phillips maintained his job, despite calls for him to get fired. Brooking was signed as a veteran inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense and he finished second on the team in tackles to Bradie James. Sensabaugh was signed to a one-year deal to become a playmaking safety. He had one interception, but finished third with 10 pass breakups. Olshansky was supposed to be a run-stopping defensive end and started 14 games in 2009. Olshansky finished the final five weeks with 22 tackles, six quarterback pressures, a half sack and a tackle for loss. Phillips' defense posted shutouts in consecutive games to finish the regular season, outscoring opponents, 41-0, and holding the Redskins and Eagles to 446 combined yards. The Cowboys clinched the NFC East, won a playoff game for the first time since the 1990s, and opened the new stadium, which gave fans high hopes for things to come.
With free agency entering the final stages, we'll review the Cowboys' last five free-agency classes. We'll start with 2009.Players signed: Keith Brooking, Igor Olshansky and Gerald Sensabaugh.