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Monday, February 1, 2010
Cowboys, Saints were strong in free agency

By Calvin Watkins

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Plenty has been made of the five new defensive players the Cowboys added to the roster.

Inside linebacker Keith Brooking, who finished with 156 tackles according to the coaches film, might have been the best pickup.

Strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh was another fine signing, picking up 81 tackles and 10 pass breakups this season.

But what about what the Saints did in free agency? Their biggest signing was safety Darren Sharper, who was let go by the Vikings.

The Cowboys didn't look at signing Sharper last offseason because he plays the same position as Ken Hamlin.

"The thing that I most looked at when I was a free agent was where would I fit as far as with a team," Sharper said. "What team was on the brink of getting to the playoffs and having a chance to win the Super Bowl, and somewhere I felt comfortable."