The Dallas Cowboys brought veteran safety Robert Blanton in for a free-agent visit on Monday, according to Todd Archer for ESPN.
Blanton played for the Buffalo Bills in 2016, appearing in 10 games and making two starts. The five-year veteran finished with 35 tackles.
A fifth-round draft pick in 2012, Blanton played four seasons for the Minnesota Vikings. Thirteen of his 17 starts with the club came during the ’14 campaign, when he finished with 106 tackles, 2 pass breakups and 1 interception.
The Cowboys lost safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox in free agency. Blanton could push for a roster spot in a backup role and as a special teams contributor. His NFL experience might prove to be beneficial in light of those departures.
Blanton, who turns 28 in September, is listed at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, but is limited athletically. Chances are he’s not going to transform into a Pro Bowl-caliber safety at this stage of his career, but the cap-strapped Cowboys could use a low-cost, veteran reserve in the secondary.