Cowboys Sep 24, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Detail view of a Dallas Cowboys helmet in the second half against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys added to their secondary on Tuesday. They signed former first-round pick Gareon Conley, an intriguing addition made in mid-June.

Conley, who recently played in the UFL, was drafted by the Raiders in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He’s been out of the NFL for a few years, but he’s made his way back with Dallas.

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported the news of the new Cowboys signing.

Conley played for the DC Defenders in the UFL last season as Schefter writes. The former first-round pick was a celebrated cornerback at Ohio State. Conley earned All-Big Ten honors in 2016 and won the first-ever College Football Playoff Championship with the Buckeyes in 2014.

After a brief stint with the Raiders, Conley joined the Houston Texans, where he played in 2019 and 2020. He has not played for an NFL team since. His lone season with the Defenders came this past year.

So, in other words, when he joins the team, he’ll make his NFL return. Not often does everyone get a second chance at things. Best of luck to Conley in his pursuit of a second run at an NFL career. He’ll join fellow former Buckeye Malik Hooker in the Dallas secondary.

[Adam Schefter]

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