By Larry Leathers - Former Commodore standout linebacker Matt Stewart will look to continue his National Football League career with Dallas. He signed a one-year free agent deal with the Cowboys on Monday.
Stewart, a multi-year starter at outside linebacker for excellent Commodore defenses in the late 1990s, is an eight-year NFL veteran who has played for Atlanta, Cleveland and Arizona. He was inactive last year and has not played in the NFL since 2007 season.
Two years after graduating, Stewart was starting with the Falcons. He put together three consecutive years with at least 55 tackles for Atlanta, and played briefly in the same linebacking corps with former Commodore great Jamie Duncan. In 2005, Stewart signed a free agent deal with Cleveland, playing with the Browns for two years before agreeing to terms with the Cardinals. Stewart has missed much of the last two seasons due to injury.
The relationship between Stewart and Cowboy Head Coach Wade Phillips dates back to Atlanta when Phillips coached the Falcon defense.