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News: SAEN: Cowboys acquire linebacker, draft pick in trade with Chiefs

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    Seeking to bolster their struggling special teams and add depth at linebacker, the Dallas Cowboys acquired seventh-year pro Edgar Jones in a trade with Kansas City on Saturday night.

    In addition to Jones, the Cowboys received the Chiefs’ seventh-round pick in 2014, while Kansas City received Dallas’ sixth-round pick in 2014.

    To make room for Jones, the Cowboys placed 2012 starting left guard Nate Livings on season-ending injured reserve.

    Jones, 28 spent his first five seasons with Baltimore, which signed him in 2007 as an undrafted free agent out of Southeast Missouri.

    The 6-foot-3, 263-pound Louisiana native played one season for the Chiefs. His career numbers include one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries, including one he returned for a touchdown last season.

    Dallas plays at Kansas City in Week 2.

    The trade came after the Cowboys reached the NFL’s 53-man roster limit by cutting 21 players and placing second-year safety Matt Johnson (foot) on injured reserve for the second straight year.

    The Cowboys were thin at linebacker after cutting 2012 seventh-round pick Caleb McSurdy, Brandon Magee, Cameron Lawrence and Taylor Reed. Jones joins a linebacking corps that includes Sean Lee, Bruce Carter, Justin Durant, Ernie Sims and sixth-round pick DeVonte Holloman.

    Livings’ base salary of $2.4 million this season is guaranteed, but Dallas decided to turn to second-year pro Ronald Leary at left guard after Livings underwent surgery on his right knee Aug. 2.

    Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Leary also had a knee surgery last month, making his status for the Sept. 8 opener against the New York Giants uncertain.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise among the cuts was veteran cornerback Sterling Moore. With the SMU-ex gone, Dallas has only four corners on the roster: Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, Orlando Scandrick and rookie B.W. Webb.

    Moore outplayed Webb during camp and the preseason. But the Cowboys view Webb as a project because they like the fourth-round pick’s potential.

    Johnson’s latest injury opened the door for safety Jeff Heath to make the team as the only undrafted rookie to survive. A series of hamstring injuries cost Johnson his rookie season.

    Safety/special teams ace and Houston native Danny McCray accepted a cut in pay to remain on the roster a fourth season. Terms of McCray’s new salary were not released, but reports place it in the range of $700,000, down from about $1.3 million.

    For the second straight season, Dallas will carry only two quarterbacks after cutting Alex Tanney.

    The Cowboys likely will continue to churn the bottom of the roster this week as they scan the waiver wire. A corner might also be added, considering Webb’s struggles and Claiborne missing the preseason with sore knees.

    The Cowboys also cut receiver Anthony Armstrong, offensive tackle Demetress Bell, receiver Tim Benford, corner Xavier Brewer, receiver Danny Coale, offensive tackle Edawn Coughman, guard Ray Dominguez , defensive end Jabari Fletcher, defensive end Thaddeus Gibson, safety Jakar Hamilton, center Kevin Kowalski, tailback Kendial Lawrence, defensive tackle Jerome Long, corner Micah Pellerin and defensive end Jason Vega.

    Dallas could add Benford, Hamilton, Magee and Tanney to the practice squad if they clear waivers. Armstrong could be resigned after Week 1, when his salary won’t be guaranteed.

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