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Saturday, July 30, 2011
Dallas adds defensive end Kenyon Coleman

By Dan Graziano

When you bring in a new coach or coordinator and install a new system, it sometimes helps to bring with him players who've been playing for him and/or in his system. Such is the case with defensive end Kenyon Coleman, who played the past two seasons in Cleveland under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Ryan is now the defensive coordinator of the Cowboys, and early this morning the Cowboys agreed to terms with Coleman on a two-year contract, according to Todd Archer.

Coleman, 32, was a backup lineman for the Cowboys from 2003-06. He spent two years as a productive starter for the New York Jets before moving in 2009 to Cleveland, where he blossomed under Ryan.

His is not the most exciting signing for which Cowboys fans could have hoped Friday. (You have to rearrange the letters in "Housing a madman" or "A mimosa handgun" in order to find that guy's name.) But along with fellow defensive end Marcus Spears, who signed Friday, he fills a need. Spears, Coleman and Igor Olshansky make up a fine defensive end rotation to go along with nose tackle Jay Ratliff, and now they can get to work on finding a couple of safeties.

In the meantime, in Coleman, they've added someone who can help the Cowboy defenders who aren't sure what Ryan is talking about figure it out.