Cowboys reach 2-year deal with OT Marc Colombo

3-9-07 -- The Dallas Cowboys re-signed right tackle Marc Colombo to a two-year contract Friday, another step to solidify the offensive line that was considered a priority this offseason.

Colombo started all 16 games in his first season for the Cowboys. The team didn't release financial terms, but the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram both reported on their Web sites that Colombo got $7 million, including a $4 million signing bonus.

The signing of Colombo came just days after the Cowboys signed free agent offensive lineman Leonard Davis to a seven-year contract worth nearly $50 million, with $18.75 million guaranteed. Dallas had already re-signed center Andre Gurode to a $30 million, six-year deal with $10 million guaranteed.

Left tackle Flozell Adams and left guard Kyle Kosier were already under contract for 2007.

The Cowboys also Friday released backup offensive tackle Jason Fabini, who played 15 games last season.

Colombo was a first-round selection by the Chicago Bears in 2002. He spent nearly two years rehabilitating from injuries after dislocating his kneecap and suffering nerve damage in his left leg late in the 2002 season. The Cowboys signed him in November 2005, and he became a starter during training camp last summer.

With Colombo re-signed, it seems more likely that Davis will play right guard. Marco Rivera, the right guard the past two seasons, is recovering from his second back surgery in less than three years and turns 35 next month.


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