The Cowboys got some insurance at strong side linebacker when they signed veteran Ernie Sims to a one-year deal for the league minimum,
vice-president Stephen Jones said.
The Cowboys are hoping Kyle Wilber will develop into the starter there but they have Alex Albright and Sims as veteran options now, Jones said.
Wilber, a fourth-round pick in 2012, struggled as a rookie with injuries and the transition to the NFL. He played in only ten games and recorded just five tackles.
Sims, a seven-year veteran, joined the Cowboys two months into the season last year because of injuries. He ended up starting six games, recording 44 tackles.
“I think it’s time for Kyle Wilber to step up,” Jones said. “There’s a lot of things we liked about him last year and we’re hoping that he can step up and take that challenge. Also we’ve got Albright that’ll try that spot out, and then we’ve got Ernie now. We think we’re pretty good.”