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Olshansky to Dallas?

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

As first reported by The Beast on Thursday, former Chargers defensive end Igor Olshansky has been in Dallas visiting the Cowboys. If the Cowboys sign Olshansky, they would follow a trend of bringing in players head coach Wade Phillips is familiar with. They've already signed former Falcons linebackers Keith Brooking and Matt Stewart.

Olshansky had 5.5 sacks in the three years he played under Phillips in San Diego. He became a starter for the Chargers after they took him in the second round of the 2004 draft. He's been playing right defensive end in the Chargers' 3-4 scheme. And in 2004-05, Olshansky helped the Chargers rank third and first in the NFL in rushing defense. Both seasons, they held teams to under 85 yards rushing per game.

Olshansky would challenge Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen to replace Chris Canty at defensive end. He also fits the team's desire to sign more players from the former Soviet Union.