Dallas Cowboys: Best Free Agent Signing of All Time
Over the years the Dallas Cowboys have had plenty of free agents join the team. Some of those players have worked out while others have been complete busts. The best free agent player to sign with the Cowboys during their career was defensive end Charles Haley. Haley was with the Cowboys from 1992 until 1996.
Haley was a monster on a Cowboys defense that managed to produce three Super Bowl wins while he was on the team. Haley also managed to pick up plenty of personal hardware while he was wearing a star on his helmet. During the five seasons that Haley was with the Cowboys he was selected to two Pro Bowls, was named All-Pro, and was named UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year.
Over the time that Haley spent with the Cowboys he made 159 total tackles, 34 sacks, 12 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, and one interception in the 63 total games he played in. He was forced to call it quits after five games during the 1996 season due to injuries. That was the last time that Haley would put on a Cowboys jersey.
Along with the Cowboys, Haley also played with the San Francisco 49ers where he won two Super Bowls rings in the '80s. Haley also picked up a UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year Award, named All-Pro, and was selected to three Pro Bowls with the 49ers before he signed with the Cowboys.
After calling it quits with the Cowboys during the 1996 season, Haley tried to make a return to the gridiron in 1998 but was unable to get on the field, He did however managed to play in all 16 games during the 1999 season, but was not very effective so Haley called it quits for good.
By the time Haley retired following the 1999 season he had made a total of 100.5 sacks, forced 28 fumbles,and recovered eight fumbles in 169 total games between the 49ers and Cowboys. Since retiring Haley has been placed in the Cowboys Ring of Honor and will finally be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame this year. He is also a member of the league's 100 sack club.