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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Dallas adds former Canadian Football League player

IRVING, Texas - The Cowboys signed two free-agent futures on Tuesday, including wide receiver Ahmad Merritt, who went to training camp with the team this past summer.
The Cowboys also signed cornerback Byron Parker, who spent last season in the Canadian Football League.
Merritt (5-10, 195), who played four seasons with the Chicago Bears, had a good shot at making the Cowboys roster this year, but suffered a sprained foot in the team's third preseason game in Seattle. Merritt received an injury settlement and did not sign with another team during the season, although he did work out for the Cowboys around midseason.
Merritt's ties to the Cowboys are with wide receivers coach Todd Haley, who coached the Chicago receivers before coming to Dallas in 2004.
The Cowboys like Merritt's ability to play special teams, not only returning kickoffs and punts, but he has experience covering kicks as well.
Parker (6-0, 195) went to training camp with the Jaguars last summer but was released before the start of the season. The former Tulane cornerback spent last year with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
NFL teams are now allowed to start signing "street" free agents who did not finish the 2005 season on an NFL roster. The unrestricted free-agent signing period doesn't begin until March 3.


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