Veteran offensive guard Cameron Erving agreed to a contract with the Dallas Cowboys, the team reported Wednesday.
Erving’s deal is for one year, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Michael Gehlken.
Erving, a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2015, has started 42 of 69 games in his career, including eight last season at left tackle with Kansas City. He was traded to the Chiefs in 2017. Against the Cowboys in 2016 while with the Browns, Erving was ejected after three plays after he got into a fight with defensive end David Irving. He made 13 appearances for Kansas City as the team captured a Super Bowl title in 2019.
The offensive line was one of the Cowboys’ biggest strengths last season. The unit ranked second in adjusted line yards and adjusted sack rate, per Football Outsiders.
Travis Frederick’s sudden retirement created an obvious void in the middle of the line.
The Cowboys selected Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL draft to compete with Joe Looney and Adam Redmond for the role of Frederick’s successor.
Erving played center briefly in college at Florida State and with the Browns, but the 27-year-old is improbable to fit there in Dallas.
Gehlken noted his general flexibility should be an asset for the Cowboys nonetheless.
Erving is ostensibly the replacement for Cameron Fleming, who made 28 appearances as a backup tackle for Dallas across the 2018 and 2019 campaigns. Fleming moved across the NFC East to sign with the New York Giants in March.
He is the ninth free agent the Cowboys have signed this offseason, joining Gerald McCoy, Dontari Poe, Daryl Worley, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Maurice Canady, Blake Bell, Greg Zuerlein and Andy Dalton.