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Cowboys Sign CB Brandon Carr, 3 Others During Free Agency

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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) – In a flurry of player personnel changes at Valley Ranch the Cowboys made a big splash and grabbed four veterans during the NFL Free Agency feeding frenzy on Wednesday.

Kansas City CB Brandon Carr, QB Kyle Orton, Texans FB Lawrence Vickers and Panthers guard Mackenzy Bernadeau all became the newest members of the Cowboys organization.

Carr, who signed a 5 year $50mil deal, brings excellent size to the position in a division stocked with excellent wideouts. He was the Chiefs’ 5th round pick out of Grand Valley State in 2008 but started in the NFL from Day 1 – and has never missed a game. He has eight interceptions in his career and had four in 2011.

The 26 year old Carr essentially replaces Terence Newman, who was released Tuesday after nine seasons in Dallas.

Lawrence Vickers, who signed a two-year deal, spent five season with the Cleveland Browns before going to Houston last year but became a victim of the salary-cap purge for the Texans. A six-year veteran from Beaumont, he played in 14 games last season. He only had one carry and had two special teams tackles for the Texans.

QB Kyle Orton, who signed a 3-year deal to be Tony Romo’s back-up, finished last season in Kansas City after being released by Denver.

In an attempt to add depth to the offensive line, the Cowboys agreed to a 4-year deal with Carolina Panthers interior offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau. Bernadeau, 6-4, 308 pounds, is a former seventh-round pick in 2008 out of Bentley College in Waltham, Mass., has started 20 games.

Follow along with all of the NFL Free Agency moves at CBSDFW.COM.

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