By Mike Fisher | @fishsports

IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) — Free-agent middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley found a new home, agreeing to a two-year deal with the Cowboys on Thursday. But that doesn’t mean Dallas has changed its mind on Rolando McClain making Valley Ranch his home.

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Brinkley rejoined the Vikings in 2014 after playing one season with Arizona. He was originally a 2009 fifth-round draft choice of the Vikings.

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Last year, he played in all 16 games, starting 11 of them. He finished fifth on the team in tackles with 85 and had two tackles for a loss, one sack and one forced fumble. He had three special teams tackles and a blocked punt.

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He’s a two-down middle linebacker, coming off the field on passing downs — and is seen, ideally, as a backup in Dallas, where the preference is to start the unsigned McClain in the middle flanked by Sean Lee and young Anthony Hitchens.