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The Dallas Cowboys made an interesting signing on Tuesday that has their fans talking. Dallas signed defensive back Gareon Conley, a former first-round pick, to a short-term deal.

Conley joins the Cowboys after an extended absence from the NFL. The former standout at Ohio State hasn’t played an NFL down since 2020. But after a season with the UFL’s D.C. Defenders, Conley is back. And the Cowboys are the ones who scooped him up.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported the news of the deal Tuesday afternoon.

The Raiders drafted Conley in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. But Conley’s time with the team was short for more than one reason or another. He landed with the Houston Texans in 2019 where he spent two seasons. After the 2020 season, Conley was out of an NFL job.

But now he’s poised to make his return to the NFL. The defensive back has plenty of pedigree. He earned All-Big Ten honors with Ohio State in 2016 and was part of their 2014 National Champion team. Dallas and Conley hope he can return to form and make good on his second run in the NFL.

Cowboys fans seemed to mostly approve of the team’s decision to sign Conley on Tuesday. They and the NFL world had much to say on the signing.

[Adam Schefter]

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