When the Cowboys declined to tender receiver Kevin Ogletree a restricted free agent contract of $1.2 million on Tuesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, it was more about the money than an desire to get rid of him.
They always left open the possibility of him returning at the league minimum.
After Ogletree took a free-agent visit to the New York Giants on Wednesday, the Cowboys reeled him back in with a one-year deal for $700,000.
Ogletree, a New York native, announced the move on his twitter account: "Loyalty Over Royalty. I'm really excited about what's in front of us #Cowboys".
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett hinted at the move on Thursday when said Ogletree was "still in the mix" when asked how team was going to address the third receiver spot after losing free agent Laurent Robinson to the Jaguars.
Ogletree is not the targeted answer at the position. He has largely been a disappointment since making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He has 25 career catches and no touchdowns and was beating out by Robinson last year for the third reciever spot.
The Cowboys will still look at receivers in free agency and the draft.
They also like the potential of some of the young receivers on the roster, including Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and Dwayne Harris.
Ogletree gives them a veteran option who has played before in case one of the young players doesn't develop.