Cowboys hosting pair of veteran free agents

IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys will play host to veteran free agents Will Allen and Justin Durant at Valley Ranch on Monday, with both players bringing with them resumes that could make them candidates to start for the Dallas defense.

Allen, 30, was a part-time starter in Pittsburgh last year. He previously played with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he played safety in the same Tampa-2 defense being installed in Dallas. Allen has played in 130 NFL games, with 33 starts.

Durant, 27, has been a full-time starter with the Lions and last year totaled 103 tackles. He played strong-side linebacker, a possible position of need for the Cowboys.

The Cowboys have virtually no cap room, but that can change quickly. The team is working toward creating space via new deals for quarterback Tony Romo and linebacker Anthony Spencer.