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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Rob Ryan talks to Abe Elam

By Calvin Watkins


SAN ANTONIO -- The Cowboys are in the hunt for free agent safety Abram Elam.

Elam tweeted he spoke to Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan on Saturday night.

"Just hung up with Rob Ryan he spoke about how good [Terence Newman] and the defense is and can be," Elam wrote.

The Cowboys have signed several players over the last several days, including three of their own free agents in Marcus Spears, Kyle Kosier and Doug Free. The team signed Keynon Coleman on Friday night to play defensive end.

But the team, despite filling a need at end with the signings of Spears and Coleman, has issues at safety. In the first week of training camp, the first-team safeties have been Barry Church (strong) and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah (free), who have never started a NFL game.

Alan Ball, who started at free safety last season, most likely will move back to his natural position at cornerback. Gerald Sensabaugh, last season's strong safety, is a free agent and seeks a new deal.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said there is a possibility the team could sign two safeties during this crazy free agency period.

Elam is a possibility. He played for the Cowboys in 2006 and after spending two seasons with the New York Jets, went to Cleveland where Ryan was the defensive coordinator.