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Seeking to fill their biggest defensive void, the Dallas Cowboys agreed to terms Tuesday with a safety who has been arrested three times since 2007.

Gerald Sensabaugh Jr., 25, turned down a three-year deal offered by the New Orleans Saints to accept the Cowboys' one-year offer. Dallas was in the market for a safety to pair with Ken Hamlin after it released Roy Williams last week.

The addition of Sensabaugh came on the same day injury-plagued linebacker Kevin Burnett signed a two-year free-agent deal with San Diego. Burnett, drafted in the second-round by Dallas in 2005, was a regular in the substitution packages and special teams.

Sensabaugh's arrests all occurred in his hometown of Kingsport, Tenn., and were for either traffic or weapons violations. His lengthy rap sheet is likely one of the reasons the Jacksonville Jaguars decided not to re-sign him.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not address Sensabaugh's off-the-field problems in an interview with Dallas radio station 105.3 FM "The Fan."

"He really fits the description of what we want at safety," Jones said. "(Secondary coach) Dave Campo coached him (in Jacksonville). We're crazy about him on special teams."

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported on its Web site Tuesday that Sensabaugh preferred the one-year deal in Dallas because his agent said it gives him an opportunity to improve his stock and re-enter the market next year. But it's also likely Dallas declined to give him a long-term contract because of his frequent brushes with the law.

Sensabaugh faces an Aug. 18 court date after Kingsport police arrested him in February for driving his Bentley with a suspended license, an employee with the Sullivan County District Attorney's office said. According to published reports, Sensabaugh's driver's license was suspended recently for "multiple violations and failure to satisfy a citation."

Police said they found three guns - a Glock 22, an International Arms AK-47 and a Bersa .380 - in the Bentley. But a Kingsport police officer told the Kingsport Times-News that Sensabaugh had a permit for all three weapons and was not charged.

In March 2008, Sensabaugh was charged with reckless driving. In March 2007, Kingsport police stopped him for speeding. During that stop, police found a loaded Springfield 9-mm pistol in the car's console, a discovery that led to a misdemeanor charge of failure to obtain a carry permit for a weapon.

Sensabaugh, 6-foot, 204 pounds, was a fifth-round pick by Jacksonville in 2005 out of North Carolina. He started a career-best 13 games last season, recording 82 tackles and a career-best four interceptions.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: March 11, 2009

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