The free agency process didn't last long for inside linebacker Dan Connor, and a current Dallas Cowboys linebacker played a significant role. The 26-year-old free agent had a phone conversation with his friend and former college teammate Sean Lee on March 14. The following day, Connor became a member of the Cowboys by signing a two-year deal.
"I kind of had a feeling the Cowboys were interested," Connor said last week. "I was down the next day. It kind of went quick."
Connor, who has spent the last four years with the Carolina Panthers, played at Penn State with Lee for three seasons. The two became good friends and Connor doesn't deny that Lee influenced his free agency decision. The Cowboys leading tackler last season also helped Connor ease into his new surroundings.
"When I was here on my visits I went over to his house, hung out a little bit," Connor said. "That was big. That was big in knowing the defense. When you feel comfortable with a guy that knows it inside and out th...