Cowboys' 'interest' in former Colts All-Pro Shaq Leonard is confirmed by Mike McCarthy, who is rumored to be visiting

There seems to be an advantage for the Dallas Cowboys in acquiring a desired free agent. 

When questioned about rumors that former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard would join with the Dallas Cowboys

head coach Mike McCarthy responded on Sunday that the team had "interest" in signing him.

McCarthy told the Dallas Morning News, "I don't have anything to report on Shaq, but yes, definitely, there's interest."

A few hours later, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network announced that Leonard would be visiting the Cowboys on Tuesday.

Leonard is free after being unexpectedly dismissed by the Colts last week.

In order to file a claim, a team would have had to pay him the remaining $6.1 million on his contract for this season

as well as an average of $18.2 million for the next three years, should it have decided to keep him. 

Though the Colts will still be responsible for the $6.1 million Leonard is owed this season

a team can now sign Leonard on whatever terms he chooses. The money beyond this season was not guaranteed.

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