Report: Cowboys sign safety Jayron Kearse


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - The Cowboys have signed safety Jayron Kearse to a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. Kearse was one of three safeties Dallas brought in for a visit to the team's headquarters at The Star in Frisco on Wednesday.

The 6-4 Kearse has played in Minnesota and Detroit and is viewed as a potential helper on special teams, 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher reports. His signing doesn't preclude the Cowboys from adding another safety to the roster.

Kearse spent three seasons with the Vikings after they selected the Clemson alum in the seventh round of the 2016 draft.

In 2020, Kearse signed a one-year deal with the Lions, starting in seven of the 11 games he appeared in. He missed the first three games of the season after the NFL suspended him for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Detroit waived him in December, and three days later he signed a deal to join the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. However, his contract with the team expired after the Ravens were eliminated from the postseason.

Kearse has one career interception and 138 combined tackles.

Malik Hooker and Damontae Kazee were the other safeties Dallas brought in for a medical check and a meeting. Kazee is expected to visit with the Detroit Lions after departing Frisco without a deal.

Meanwhile, Hooker created a stir on social media when he declared that his meeting with the Cowboys was “a good visit” as he waits to see “what the future holds.”

The Cowboys could still use some help at safety despite signing Kearse and former Falcon Keanu Neal over the weekend. Neal is expected to play a hybrid safety/linebacker role in Dan Quinn's defensive scheme.

Free safety Xavier Woods remains a free agent, though Dallas still has Donovan Wilson to potentially start at strong safety.

This is a developing news story.