2012 NFL Free Agents: Dallas Cowboys Sign Justin Taplin-Ross

Bo MarchionteContributor IIIJanuary 6, 2012

Rob Ryan help take off nearly six points per game of Dallas defense
Rob Ryan help take off nearly six points per game of Dallas defenseRonald Martinez/Getty Images

The Dallas Cowboys brought in Rob Ryan to fix the leaky faucet known as the Dallas Cowboys defense from last season, when it finished 26th overall in passing yards allowed with 3,894. Ryan did help improve the defense overall by shedding nearly six points (27.2 to 21) per game during his first year in Dallas.

The secondary though, actually allowed more yards than last year with 3,906, which is twelve more than in 2010. According to sources close to the situation, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Utah free safety Justin Taplin-Ross, who is big and powerful and will remind some of how Roy Williams could patrol the backside of things in Dallas.

It's early, but Taplin-Ross is an offseason signing that may go unnoticed but show its worth when training camp and OTA's get into full swing in a few short months. Signing the former Utes player to a three-year contract gives Taplin-Ross time to gel in the Cowboys defensive system. 

But this early signing shows that the Cowboys may be looking to switch things up and the shake-up the current group in Dallas or at the very least give the team more depth at the position.

Last year Taplin-Ross was recovering from having his appendix taken out prior to him playing in the East-West Shrine Game.


Bo Marchionte is a Contributor for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.