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Chiefs Sign Former Cowboys TE Tony Curtis

As reported by dallascowboys.com, The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Tony Curtis to fill in a roster spot left open when they traded Tony Gonzales to Atlanta.

The Kansas City Chiefs announced the signing of former Cowboys tight end Tony Curtis today. Curtis was one of five restricted free agents for the Cowboys this season, but the team did not submit a tender offer for the former undrafted free agent.

Curtis came to the Cowboys after the 2005 draft and spent more than a year on the team’s practice squad. He had a short stint on the active roster in 2006, then went to NFL Europe in 2007.

A 6-5, 251-pound project out of Portland State, Curtis may best be remembered for his three catches in 2007, all of which went for touchdowns. He proved versatile as a blocker this season, filling in for injured fullback Deon Anderson against Green Bay in Week 3.

It was Curtis who blew his assignment on the blocked punt against Arizona that not only cost the Cowboys the game, but put Mat McBriar out for the season. He began the season as the usual No. 2 tight end, but eventually saw his playing time decreased as rookie Martellus Bennett matured in the offense.

The Chiefs had previously met with Cowboys unrestricted free agent safety Keith Davis this off-season, but the special teams captain left without an offer.

Wide Receiver, Sam Hurd Signs Cowboys’ Tender

According to the Dallas Cowboys’ official website, wide receiver Sam Hurd signed his one-year, $1.545 million tender on Monday, leaving Miles Austin as the Cowboys’ only remaining unsigned restricted free agent.

The Cowboys retained exclusive rights to Hurd and Austin last Friday when the NFL restricted signing period ended. Austin has yet to sign his similar one-year, $1.545 million tender, but teams no longer can pursue him as a free agent. The Jets visited with Austin earlier this month but decided not to risk yielding a second-round pick to the Cowboys, the required compensation if the Cowboys decided not to match an offer sheet.

If Austin remains unsigned by June 15, the Cowboys would be allowed to reduce his qualifying offer, but both scenarios are unlikely. Austin figures to be an important part of the offense without Terrell Owens and could be in line for an extension at some point.

It looks like the Cowboys will be playing with the cards that they were dealt,  as talk of adding another receiver has almost grounded to a halt. They may still add a receiver in the draft, but for those of you who were expecting a big free agent signing or trade after the team released T.O., don’t count on it.