IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Linebacker Darrin Smith has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Dallas Cowboys. But it could be his last.

The Cowboys retained exclusive negotiating rights to Smith after the league deadline to sign offer sheets as restricted free agents lapsed April 15.

The Cowboys and Smith's agent, Brian Ransom, would not disclose terms of the new contract.

Last year, a contract dispute resulted in Smith's missing the first seven weeks of the season before finally signing. After ending his holdout, the three-year veteran finished seventh on the team with 65 tackles in nine games. He was the only Cowboys linebacker to make a quarterback sack in 1995, notching three sacks and four quarterback pressures.

During the postseason, he tallied 13 rushing stops, three quarterback pressures, a pass defensed and a forced fumble.