The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back linebacker Leighton Vander Esch.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Friday that the Cowboys agreed to a one-year deal with the linebacker, per a source informed of the situation. The team later announced the signing.
A first-round pick in 2018, LVE got off to a howling start to his career, making a Pro Bowl as a rookie. But injuries and inconsistent play have taken some shine off the linebacker.
After two injury-plagued seasons, Vander Esch played in all 17 games in 2021, starting 16, and generated 77 tackles and a sack as a rotational linebacker.
Several teams were interested in bringing in LVE, but he'll return to Dallas on a prove-it deal and hit free agency next year.