Cowboys to sign Justin Durant

Updated: March 27, 2013, 11:39 AM ET
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The Dallas Cowboys are on the verge of agreeing to a two-year contract with former Detroit Lions linebacker Justin Durant that will be signed once the team creates more cap space, a team source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The Cowboys have denied agreeing to terms with Durant, as NFL teams are prohibited from even offering contracts to players until they have cap space to do so, per the league's collective bargaining agreement.

The Cowboys have a similar agreement with safety Will Allen, a source told ESPN. Allen started eight games last season for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Cowboys have only $102,000 in salary-cap space. The team is looking to rework the contract of quarterback Tony Romo and reach a new deal with defensive end Anthony Spencer to clear more salary-cap space.

Dallas is in talks with the agents of both players.

Durant visited the Cowboys' facilities on Monday and took a physical for the team.

Durant started 14 games for the Lions last season and finished second on the team with 103 total tackles. He also had a half sack and three pass breakups playing outside linebacker in the 4-3 defense.

The projected strongside linebacker in the Cowboys' defense is Kyle Wilber, but the team would like more competition at that spot. Alex Albright is another possible starter.

Meanwhile, free-agent cornerback Mike Jenkins has a visit scheduled for Thursday with the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to league sources.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins contributed to this report.

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