The Cowboys have three young Inside Linebackers ready to take over the NFC East which is a good thing, read here.
Connor has spent the last two days at Valley Ranch visiting with coaches and front office officials. Connor spent his first four seasons with the Carolina Panthers, starting 19 games after the team made him a third-round pick in 2008.
In 15 games (11 starts) last season, Connor had 87 tackles and a forced fumble. He missed most of his rookie season with a serious knee injury.
The signing is interesting because the Cowboys used a second-round pick last year on Bruce Carter, who was coming off a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Carter played in 10 games last year in mostly a special teams’ role, finishing with eight tackles. Defensively he finished with one tackle and a pass deflection.
The Cowboys have preached their happiness with his progress but Connor would at least represent some veteran protection to play alongside Sean Lee, a fellow Penn State alum like Connor.
The fact that all three are working on rebuilt knees is a little worrisome if you ask me. You just never know when some swelling slows a guy down or the injury recurs.
I know the team needed another ILB because Brooking and Bradie were gone, but does this move say more about Connor being good or more about the team not having faith in Bruce Carter?
Connor when healthy was a good player. Let’s keep him healthy Jerry!