IRVING, Texas, March 13 (UPI) -- Linebacker Alshermond Singleton signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
The 27-year-old Singleton became a full-time starter at strongside linebacker for Tampa Bay last season when Shelton Quarles moved to the middle. Singleton had 58 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.
Overshadowed in a defense which features linebacker Derrick Brooks, the Defensive Player of the Year in 2000, and Pro Bowlers Simeon Rice, Warren Sapp and John Lynch, Singleton joins a defense which had just one Pro Bowler -- tackle La'Roi Glover -- last year.
Singleton is the first major defensive addition by new Cowboys Coach Bill Parcells, who previously signed fullback Richie Anderson, tight end Dan Campbell, tackle Ryan Young and punter Toby Gowin and acquired receiver Terry Glenn.
Known for his sideline-to-sideline speed in Tampa Bay's "cover 2" scheme, Singleton will replace Kevin Hardy, who signed a four-year contract with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier in the week.
On Wednesday, the Buccaneers lost Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Dexter Jackson, who signed a five-year, $14 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Jackson had two interceptions in Tampa Bay's 48-21 win over Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII.