Cowboys Sign First-Round Rookie Byron Jones
The Dallas Cowboys finished some important business on Thursday with the signing of first-round defensive back Byron Jones, a move that completes all the deals with their 2015 rookie draft class.
Jones, a UConn product who was the No. 27 overall pick in this year's draft, marveled NFL scouts in college and then again at the Scouting Combine, most notably with a long jump that is essentially the unofficial world record. While working with the Cowboys, he's already shown proficiency at multiple positions, his intelligence matching his physical gifts.
“Most recently in college he played corner, so we started him there,'' Garrett says. "But he’s shown that he can do some other things as well. “He has experience. This isn’t a projection based on his physical ability. He played safety in college. He’s done both of these things. So I don’t think he looks uncomfortable anywhere we put him. But again, we’re trying to settle him in and find what the right spot is for him as we go forward.”
Teammate Jason Witten has praised Jones' toughness and secondary mate Barry Church has praised Jones for his ability to gobble up the playbook. And now it's all the business of football for the young man, who has a four-year deal worth $8.6 million, including $7 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $4.5 million.
“Whatever they want me to do,'' Jones said shortly after the draft, "I’ll do it all.''
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