The Cowboys have agreed in principal to a deal with former Lions LB Justin Durant, per Adam Schefter. It is expected that Durant will play the SAM position. I confirmed on tape that he mostly played SAM with the Lions, although I’m otherwise unfamiliar with his game. I’ll have more on him later after I’ve had a chance to take a closer look.
What I can say, however, is that Durant appears to be a very athletic player. At the 2007 Combine, he finished at least in the Top 6 among all LBs in all the speed/agility drills:
Durant has a similar body type to the other projected Cowboys starting LBs:
SAM: Justin Durant, 6’1, 240
MIKE: Sean Lee, 6’2, 245
WILL: Bruce Carter, 6’2, 240
All three players are very athletic, although none of them are particularly big. As noted earlier this week, the Cowboys have the smallest set of 4-3 DEs in the league. It appears that the new defense under Monte Kiffin will heavily favor speed over size.
Durant played 875 of a possible 1070 snaps (81.8%) last season, per PFF.