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Cowboys Sign TE Hannam, Close with OT Fabini

Nick Eatman reports that the Cowboys are starting to make major moves in shoring up their offense.

Just when it seemed as if the Cowboys were dragging their feet here in free agency, things have started to pick up. Fast.

And this has nothing to do with Terrell Owens.

The Cowboys got busy with two offensive free agents on Friday, agreeing to terms with Seattle tight end Ryan Hannam, who spent all day Friday visiting the club at Valley Ranch, and are nearing a deal with Jets offensive tackle Jason Fabini, who, according to reports, just needs to pass a physical to complete the transaction.

Hannam, who is expected to sign a four-year contract on Saturday, will replace Dan Campbell as the team’s blocking tight tend. He caught 13 passes last season as Seattle’s No. 2 tight end, including one for a touchdown in Seattle’s 13-10 victory over the Cowboys. Campbell signed a five-year deal with the Lions last week.

Fabini, who played for Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells for three years with the Jets, should help stabilize the right tackle position if the deal is completed. The eight-year veteran is coming off a chest contusion injury last season that forced him to miss the final seven weeks of the regular season. Until the injury, Fabini had started 89 consecutive games, dating back to the 1999 season.

The Jets recently designated Fabini released for failing a physical, which is the reason why the Cowboys want to give him a physical before he signs what is being reported to be a three-year, $6 million deal.

Fabini has experience at both left and right tackle, but with Flozell Adams returning from surgery to repair a torn ACL a year ago, it’s likely the former Jets standout would begin on the right side, where the Cowboys started rookie Rob Petitti last season.

If signed, Fabini will become the third offensive linemen to sign with the Cowboys since the start of free agency last weekend. The Cowboys already have signed guard Kyle Kosier to a five-year, $15 million deal, along with re-signing Andre Gurode to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

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