Originally posted on Lone Star Struck  |  Last updated 3/15/12

There’s a lot of stuff going on today, so pay attention…

The Dallas Cowboys have signed formerNew York Jets safety Brodney Pool, coach Jason Garrett said during a Thursday morning conference call.  Terms were not disclosed.

Pool played for the Jets the last two seasons and was credited with four quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and one interception last season. Garrett said the team wanted to sign Pool last year, during the brief free agency period, but was unable to due to finances.  ”He has some really good ball skills,” Garrett said.

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The Cowboys signed quarterback Kyle Orton to replace the retired Jon Kitna as the backup to Tony Romo. Coach Jason Garrett was happy to add Orton saying,

“He’s going to be ready to play. Line one when you’re evaluating a backup quarterback is the ability to go in and play and help your team win and we feel like he can do that, but he also brings a lot of other things to our team, leadership, understanding of what his role is and I think he can help us in a lot of different ways. We felt like he was one of the premiere quarterbacks out there in free agency.”

Damn, that’s what I call pouring it on thick…

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The Cowboys visited with Carolina free agent linebacker Dan Connor on Wednesday and those talks will continue today, coach Jason Garrett said.

“We’re excited to meet with Dan Connor, a Penn State guy, drafted by Carolina. He’s the right kind of guy, a very productive player for them, and a very productive player in college,” Garrett said. “We’ve had a good visit with him so far and we’ll get the chance to visit with him more today and just see where we are and where he is and continue along with this process.”

On the subject of linebackers, veterans Bradie James and Keith Brooking won’t be back.  Sean Lee who is coming off a breakout 2011 season, may benefit from the addition of Dan Carter as both were teammates at Penn State.

I’d take Connor in a heartbeat… Or in half a heartbeat…

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The Cowboys finally addressed one of their biggest deficiencies of the last four seasons, and stepped up big-time signing free agent cornerback Brandon Carr to a reported five-year, $50 million contract on Wednesday, making him one of the highest paid players at his position.

It’s about freaking time!

“We’re fired up,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. ”He’s a great guy. We loved him on tape. We got the right corner.”

Carr, 25, is a 6-foot, 207-pounder bruiser that intercepted eight passes during his first four NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. He had four interceptions last year and has broken up 59 passes in the past three seasons.

“I’m very excited,” Carr told the Cowboys’ official website on Wednesday. “I’ve been waiting for this day for a very long time. I’m humble. I’m grateful to be here. I’m blessed to be in this situation. I was blown away,” said Carr, who mentioned that he’s always been a Cowboys fan.

Somebody pinch me, I think I’m dreaming…

See ya, T-New… Don’t let the door slam your ass on the way out….

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Finally, I was sad to learn that wide receiver Laurent Robinson will not be Cowboy next season and that he signed a five-year deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Robinson emerged as the Cowboys’ third receiver last season and led the team with 11 touchdown catches. Robinson said he would have loved to return to play for the Cowboys, but owner Jerry Jones never made a move to keep him in Blue and Silver.

The pressure will be on next season for Dez Bryant and Miles Austin… You better believe it…

You already know that Bueler was cut, so….

Busy day in Cowboys Land…

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