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Old 12-25-2008, 07:57 PM   #342
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COWBOYS KEEP COLOMBO

Posted by Mike Florio on December 25, 2008, 6:51 p.m. EST

The Dallas Cowboys have gotten a jump start on their offseason planning by signing tackle Marc Colombo to a four-year deal.

Word of the potential deal first arose several weeks ago. Per Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News, the contract pays $22 million, with $11.5 million in guaranteed money.

“I just love being a Dallas Cowboy,” Colombo told Archer. “I love everything about it. I definitely didn’t want to leave my offensive line. I’d die for those guys. The thought of going to some other team and another line wasn’t an option for me. I’m glad the Cowboys stepped up to the plate. I thank them very much.”

Colombo, from Boston College, was a first-round pick of the Bears in 2002. A serious, career-threatening knee injury knocked him out for two full years, and the Bears cut him after the first game of the 2005 season.

He landed in Dallas. The following year, he became a starter.

And he has since started in 47 straight games, and counting.

The Cowboys have officially announced the four-year deal, without commenting on the financial aspects of it.
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