Updated Rookie Signings

With the start of training camp roughly a week away, the Cowboys have come to contract terms with three of their seven draft picks. Cornerback B.J. Tucker and receiver Zuriel Smith agreed to three-year deals. The two sixth-round picks joined seventh-round pick Justin Bates, who came to an agreement on Monday.

Tucker's deal includes a signing bonus of roughly $77,000 and league minimum base salaries of $225,000 in 2003, $305,000 in 2004 and $380,000 and 2005 respectively.

Smith's base salaries are identical to Tucker's. But his signing bonus will be $69,500.

Bates got $39,000 up front on his three-year league minimum deal.

Still unsigned are the team's top four picks -- cornerback Terence Newman (first round), center Al Johnson (second round), tight end Jason Witten (third round) and linebacker Bradie James (fourth round) -- who, not concidentally, are the one's expected to make the biggest impact in 2003.

Newman, Johnson and Witten are vying for starting jobs, while James is being counted on to contribute on special teams and certain defensive packages.

The Cowboys are confident they will get the final four deals done before the team reports to training camp in San Antonio July 25.

Rd. 1/5, CB Terence Newman, Kansas State -- A certain opening day starter, who will fill the shutdown corner void that has been vacant since Deion Sanders left in 2000.

Rd. 2/38, C Al Johnson, Wisconsin -- Is expected to compete with Tyson Walter for the starting center spot.

Rd. 3/69, TE Jason Witten, Tennessee -- A versatile tight end who can block and catch...could start by midseason.

Rd. 4/103, LB Bradie James, Louisiana State -- Will contribute on special teams and in certain defensive packages as a rookie.

Rd. 6/178, CB B.J. Tucker, Wisconsin -- Was drafted with special teams in mind. This 4.3 speedster is an ideal kick coverage contributor.

Rd. 6/186, WR Zuriel Smith, Hampton -- A kick return phenom in college who will have to be the second coming of Gale Sayers to unseat veteran returners Reggie Swinton and/or Woody Dantzler.

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