Six-time Pro Bowl offensive guard Brian Waters has reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
NFL Network's Albert Breer and Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com confirmed the news:
As @Boys_Vox hinted at ... The Cowboys have agreed to terms with veteran guard Brian Waters.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 3, 2013
G Brian Waters has agreed to terms with the Cowboys. Huge signing for them— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 3, 2013
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the terms of the deal:
Former Patriots G Brian Waters' one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys is worth up to $3 million.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 4, 2013
Executive vice president/COO Stephen Jones said the Cowboys had all but "moved on" from the possibility of bringing Waters into the fold just a couple of weeks ago, but that sentiment evidently didn't last very long.
Will Brian Waters make a significant impact for the Cowboys in 2013?
There should be concern that Waters could be rusty, though, because he hasn't played in the league since 2011, when he started all 16 games for the New England Patriots.
At age 36, it remains to be seen what Waters has left in the tank. One positive of picking him up just prior to the start of the regular season, though, is that he should be fresh, having not had to deal with the rigors of training camp in his road back to the gridiron.
Waters may not be quite the player he once was, but he brings with him plenty of experience to be an asset to the Cowboys' offensive line.
A longtime star for the Kansas City Chiefs, he made the Pro Bowl in six of eight seasons between 2004 and 2011, and in the first two of those years, he earned All-Pro honors.
The year before his run of Pro Bowls began, Waters was a key cog in the unit that allowed Priest Holmes to rush for a whopping 27 touchdowns during the 2003 season, which was a record at the time. Thereafter, Larry Johnson stepped in and shined to start his career, running for over 1,700 yards in his third and fourth seasons in the league.
That type of run-blocking prowess is precisely where Waters can help Dallas, whose rushing attack ranked a putrid 31st in the NFL in 2012 after averaging 79.1 yards per contest on the ground.
Any fortifications to the offensive line should help quarterback Tony Romo, both in terms of a running game to complement him and for additional protection in the pocket.
Although Romo has a knack for eluding defenders with his athleticism, Dallas' offensive line has allowed at least 36 sacks in each of the past two seasons, ranking in the middle of the pack among the rest of the league's teams in that category.