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Cowboys DL David Irving Signs His Free Agent Tender

As the Cowboys’ offseason program officially opened on Monday, defensive lineman David Irving signed his restricted free agent tender, ensuring that he will return to the team for 2018, Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Irving will receive $2.91 million for this season, and he’ll have plenty of motivation. A complete and solid season could help him demand a major payday when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

The Cowboys had placed a second-round tender on Irving last month, meaning any team competing for Irving’s services would’ve had to have given up a second-round draft pick for the three-year veteran. The Cowboys also had the right to match any team’s offer. In addition, an outside deal would’ve had to be substantial for Irving to agree to be locked up a year out from free agency.

Irving had seven sacks, 19 quarterback pressures and six deflected passes in just eight games last season. But he missed half the season — the first four games to suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and the last four after suffering a concussion.

The deadline to sign the tender was Friday.

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