Gerald Sensabaugh signs with Cowboys, retires from NFL

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The veteran safety will retire as a Cowboy after eight years in the league.

Veteran NFL safety Gerald Sensabaugh, a fifth-round pick of the Jaguars in 2005 who spent four years in Jacksonville and four years with the Dallas Cowboys, announced his retirement on Thursday. Sensabaugh was released by Dallas on March 4 in order to save cap space and has instead decided to call it a career rather than sign with another team. He started 60 games for Dallas over the last four years.

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Sensabaugh did not start much over his first three seasons with the Jaguars, but he managed to win a starting job at strong safety in 2008, recording 66 tackles and four interceptions. The Cowboys then signed Sensabaugh to a one-year deal to replace Roy Williams at strong safety, and he has been a regular in the secondary ever since.

His career year may have come in 2010, when he had five interceptions and two sacks. He was moved to free safety in 2011 and also participated on special teams. His versatility to move around has helped keep him in the NFL for eight years, and now he'll need to use that versatility to transition to a life after football.

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