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Dallas Cowboys sign USFL MVP KaVontae Turpin

May 7, 2022; Birmingham, AL, USA; New Jersey Generals wide receiver KaVontae Turpin (5) runs the ball for a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Maulers during the first half at Protective Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys are signing wide receiver KaVontae Turpin, the 2022 USFL Most Valuable Player.

He led the USFL in receiving yards (540) and punt-return average (15.3) and was the only player to score a touchdown on a kickoff return as he helped the New Jersey Generals post a 9-1 record in the regular season.

Turpin, 25, will have a physical Thursday before joining the team for practice at training camp in Oxnard, Calif.

“The No. 1 thing he’s got to do is be a receiver,” Cowboys vice president Will McClay told the Dallas Morning News. “I think he’s a talented young player with his ability to return as well as play the slot.”

The 5-foot-9, 155-pound Turpin also played in the European League of Football after going undrafted out of TCU in 2019.

Turpin caught 145 passes for 1,748 yards and 13 touchdowns in 42 games for the Horned Frogs from 2015-18, but he was cut from the team following an arrest for domestic violence.

This isn’t the first time the Cowboys have signed a former USFL MVP. Herschel Walker won the honor in 1985, also with the Generals, before launching a 12-year NFL career with Dallas in 1986.

The Cowboys are reportedly releasing fullback Nick Ralston to clear room on the 90-man roster for Turpin.

–Field Level Media