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Cowboys sign veteran cornerback Glenn

IRVING, Texas (April 27, 2005) -- The Dallas Cowboys signed cornerback Aaron Glenn to a two-year deal, providing another upgrade to their evolving defense and giving coach Bill Parcells yet another reunion.

A day after being released by the Houston Texans, Glenn joined the Cowboys to become their third cover man in passing situations. He also provides an experienced backup for Terence Newman, who is coming off a shaky sophomore season, and free-agent signee Anthony Henry.

Contract terms were not released.

A lack of depth at cornerback last year hurt Dallas, forcing it to rely heavily on rookies. That was just one of many problems on defense, which is why Parcells has spent the offseason finding newcomers and perhaps a new scheme.

The Cowboys spent six of their eight draft picks on defensive players, but cornerback was the one spot they ignored.

Glenn, who turns 33 in September, spent his first eight seasons with the New York Jets and the last three in Houston. He has 35 career interceptions.

Parcells coached Glenn in New York from 1997-99, when Glenn made the Pro Bowl twice.

In Dallas, Glenn also will be reunited with one of his former position coaches on the Jets, Todd Bowles, and several former teammates, including nose tackle Jason Ferguson and receiver Keyshawn Johnson.

Glenn, who grew up in Humble, Texas, and was a standout at Texas A&M, joined the Texans through the 2002 expansion draft and made a third Pro Bowl that season. He was limited by injuries in 2003, then last season had five interceptions, 11 deflections and 59 tackles while starting every game. Newman led the Cowboys with four interceptions.

Houston released Glenn to open a starting job for Phillip Buchanon, acquired from Oakland last week.

One former Jets teammate Glenn may not play with next season is Cowboys fullback Richie Anderson, who had neck surgery last week. Anderson will need about five months to rehabilitate.

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