ST. LOUIS (AP) _ After five seasons with the St. Louis Rams, tight end and deep snapper Jeff Robinson agreed Monday to a four-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys.
The deal appears to be worth $4.8 million, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and The Dallas Morning News reported.
``It's a great opportunity for him to be a starter,'' Rams coach Mike Martz said.
Robinson, 32, signed with the Rams in 1997 as an unrestricted free agent from the Denver Broncos, two years before converting from a backup defensive end who rarely played to a tight end.
Last season, the nine-year NFL veteran caught 11 passes for 108 yards and one touchdown. As deep snapper, Robinson was the Rams' special teams captain.
The Cowboys hope Robinson provides stability to a deep-snapping position that haunted the Cowboys last season, when Dallas has a league-high six kicks blocked. Dallas had released 14-year veteran Dale Hellestrae before last season and used two deep snappers, Randy Chevrier and Mike Solwold.
Dallas released Chevrier after a loss to Atlanta. During that game, a snap Chevrier sailed over holder Micah Knorr's head was scooped up by kicker Tim Seder, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury when he was tackled on the play.
Solwold replaced Chevrier but also struggled, accounting for two poor snaps in a loss at Arizona.
The Rams have a young prospect in Brandon Manumaleuna _ drafted by the Rams in the fourth round last spring _ waiting in the wings as their new No. 2 tight end behind starter Ernie Conwell.
Offensive tackle Ryan Tucker, released by the Rams on Thursday, was in Cleveland on Monday. Middle linebacker London Fletcher is to visit Buffalo on Tuesday and Detroit on Thursday. Wide receiver and punt returner Az-Zahir Hakim also is scheduled to visit Detroit on Thursday.
Minnesota wide receiver Cris Carter _ due to visit the Rams on Wednesday _ is scheduled for a Tuesday stop in Cleveland.