Jason Garrett said the Cowboys signed safety Brodney Pool late Wednesday night, and that he was a player the Cowboys were interested in last year.
“We have familiarity with him,” Garrett said Thursday in a conference call with reporters. “He played in Rob [Ryan]’s system. He played for [Cowboys secondary coach] Jerome Henderson in Cleveland.”
Pool, who signed a one-year, $1.2 million deal with a $100,000 signing bonus, will be a physical player for the Cowboys, Garrett said.
“He’s a guy we think has very good ball skills, very good on the back end, and also can be a guy that can come down and do all the jobs that a safety in our defensive scheme has to do,” Garrett said. “His strengths are on the back end, using his athleticism, going and making plays on the ball down the field. We feel he can be a real asset for our team as well.”
Pool will be in his seventh year out of Oklahoma. He was drafted by the Browns in the second round in 2005, and he played one year for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in Cleveland. In that year, 2009, he had a sack, four interceptions, 10 pass breakups and 38 tackles in 11 games.
Last year, the 27-year-old ranked as the 30th-best safety in the NFL, according to the rating website ProFootballFocus.com. He’ll replace Abe Elam, who ranked 55th. The Cowboys’ other safety, Gerald Sensabaugh, ranked 29th last year.
-- Carlos Mendez