Under the sunny skies of Oxnard, California is where you’ll find the Dallas Cowboys these days as training camp has commenced. While players on the current roster look to show their worth in practice, a new face will make an appearance soon.

Wide receiver/kick returner KaVontae Turpin, who played for the New Jersey Generals of the USFL (Unites States Football League) during the spring, officially signed a three-year deal with the Cowboys on Thursday.

Turpin balled out in his only season in the USFL. The 26-year-old led the league with 540 receiving yards on 44 receptions and scored four touchdowns in 10 games, and led the in yards after with 316 as well. Also, Turpin added 184 punt return yards and led the league with 15.3 yards per return. All this led to Turpin being named the MVP of the USFL for 2022.

The Cowboys have a history of signing players with off-the-field issues, and Turpin has a few. In 2018, he was dismissed from TCU due to domestic violence charges which got lessened to disorderly conduct. In October, Turpin was arrested for misdemeanor assault against his girlfriend, the same woman involved in the incident four years prior. Turpin issued a plea of guilty to assault causing bodily injury.

As a result, Turpin must serve a two-year adjudicated probation and complete a 27-week Partner Abuse Intervention Program in Tarrant County.

The next step for Turpin now is to show and prove in training camp while simultaneously getting his personal life in order. If so, the Cowboys may have found their punt returner for the foreseeable future and not have to rely on guys like CeeDee Lamb, Tony Pollard, and Jalen Tolbert to fill that role.

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