After a quiet start to the NFL's free agency period, the Dallas Cowboys finally decided to stick their toes into the open market by signing defensive lineman Christian Covington to a one-year deal Thursday.
Listed at 6-foot-2, 310 pounds with 33.25-inch arms, Covington recorded 15 total tackles, four tackles for loss, eight quarterback hits and 3.5 sacks in 12 games (two starts) with the Houston Texans last season.
Signing Covington appears to come as a direct result of the beating the Cowboys' interior run defense took against the Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Rams down the stretch last season, as the former sixth-round draft pick thrives against the run.
Against the Colts and Rams last season, Cowboys defensive tackles were thoroughly dominated by opposing interior offensive linemen, enabling blockers to get to the second level quickly to inhibit the effectiveness of Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. Cowboys defensive tackles failed to hold their ground at the point of attack as they were easily displaced from their gaps, opening giant alleys for opposing ball carriers.