IRVING, Texas (AP) _ The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to terms on a four-year contract with free agent free safety George Teague.

The team, which made the announcement via it's Web site Monday, refused to release the financial terms of the deal. Unnamed sources, however, told The Dallas Morning News that Teague was expected to count about $800,000 against the club's 2000 salary cap.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Teague's experience and leadership make him a valuable part of the Cowboys' defensive backfield.

``George is a proven talent that brings experience and playmaking ability to our secondary,'' Jones said, according to the Web site.

Teague's agent, Jordan Woy, did not immediately return calls made by The Associated Press.

The eight-year veteran has played seven years in the NFL, including three with Dallas. He's had a season career-high 102 tackles, including 44 solos.

The signing assures the Cowboys of keeping their safety tandem of Teague and Darren Woodson intact, the team said. It's still uncertain what will happen with Deion Sanders, but Dallas plans to have newly acquired free agent Ryan McNeil and Kevin Smith at the cornerback position next year.

Teague, a former Green Bay Packers first-round draft pick in 1993, also has 15 career interceptions and three more in the playoffs.

The Cowboys also signed free agent Brandon Tolbert to a one-year contract.

Tolbert, a seventh-round draft choice out of Jacksonville in 1998, was signed to the Dallas practice squad on Nov. 24, 1998, and moved on to the active roster the next month. But a right knee injury in July landed him on the injured list for the 1999 season.