Cowboys Roll the Dice on Tank Johnson

Law-challenged defensive tackle still serving NFL suspension
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2007 6:20 AM CDT
Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson leaves a midtown office following his meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, May 16, 2007, in New York. The Dallas Cowboys are considering signing suspended...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Dallas Cowboys signed suspended tackle Tank Johnson to a two-year contract yesterday, banking on him providing a defensive shot in the arm once he becomes eligible to play again. That won't happen until November 11th, the end of Johnson's eight-game suspension for violating probation on a gun charge, reports the AP. The Chicago Bears released Johnson in June.

The contract includes a prorated amount of the minimum NFL salary and no signing bonus. Johnson will not be able to work out with the Cowboys until his suspension is up, which would give him little time to get used to the team's 3-4 defense. But on and off the field, Johnson is "very determined" to prove himself.