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The cornerback position for the Dallas Cowboys was going to get plenty of attention this offseason with multiple guys set to hit the free-agent market. One of them has already found a new home as Chidobe Awuzie agreed to a three-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Tuesday morning.
Almost as fast as the Cowboys lost one member of the cornerback room they retain another. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Cowboys have re-signed cornerback CJ Goodwin to a two-year, $3.5 million dollar deal with $2 million in guaranteed money.
Goodwin has had quite the eventful NFL journey so far having played for six different teams before signing with Dallas in 2018. Since his arrival, he’s built a reputation as a special teams ace. He led the Cowboys with 289 special teams snaps in 2019 and did so again last season with 324 which were a career-high for the 31-year-old veteran.
This signing should make Special Teams coordinator John Fassel happy as well. Goodwin recently interviewed with Skywalker Steele of the Dallas Cowboys Network and talked about how Fassel has not only helped him as a player but has given him advice about his family and how to handle things in life away from football.
Goodwin has only logged 42 defensive snaps in his three years with the Cowboys but he’s played in all 32 games in the last two seasons and can be a solid bandaid of sorts in case of an unfortunate injury at the cornerback position. In 2020, he played an integral role in Dallas’ late-season victory over Philadelphia, playing the spy on athletic rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts.
There will be more news surrounding the cornerback spot in Dallas with Jourdan Lewis set to be an unrestricted free agent and the NFL draft coming up in April. This move won’t create major headlines but it’s a very solid in-house move for the Cowboys.