Sensabaugh signs tender for $1.8M

Dallas Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh signed his second-round tender worth $1.8 million Thursday.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones has said he wants to sign Sensabaugh to a long-term deal, and both sides have started discussions to that end.

"Gerald signing his tender is no indication that a long-term deal is not a top priority," Sensabaugh's agent Kevin Conner said Thursday. "We are extremely confident he will be a long-term Cowboy."

In his first season with the Cowboys and sixth in the league, Sensabaugh started 15 games and finished with 66 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception. He missed one game -- Oct. 11 at Kansas City -- with a broken right thumb.

With Sensabaugh signing his tender, wide receiver Miles Austin is the Cowboys' only restricted free agent who has yet to sign. Austin, who has until June 1 to sign, has been working out with the team in OTAs and is expected to attend the mandatory minicamp in June.

"Those are players who are the future of our team," Jones said Tuesday from the NFL owners meetings. "I can speak emphatically they are very much a part of the future of the Dallas Cowboys."

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.