Henson to the Cowboys

The Cowboys have taken a chance on another former baseball player aiming to restart his career in the National Football League. 2 years after signing former St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Chad Hutchinson, the Cowboys will now pin their hopes on former New York Yankees' prospect Drew Henson.

The Cowboys have agreed to trade a third round pick in the 2005 draft to the Houston Texans for the rights to former Michigan QB Drew Henson. At the same time, it has been reported that Dallas has also come to terms with Henson on an 8-year contract.

Henson, whose rights were controlled by the Texans after the team drafted him in the sixth round last year, hasn't played in a football game since the 2000 season for the Michigan Wolverines.

His contract will guarantee him at least $3.5 million. He will earn a base salary of $238,000 in 2004, but if he plays 15% of the time, he will receive $3.5 million immediately and the deal will void to four seasons.

If he plays 70% of the time in any of his first three seasons, then his base salary will increase by $1 million.

Drew Henson last played football 4 years ago at Michigan, completing 61% of his passes for 2,146 yards and 18 touchdowns, to go along with 4 interceptions.
Henson, who was projected by many draft experts to be the first pick in the draft should he have decided to pursue his football career, elected to try his hand in Major League Baseball instead, playing third base in New York Yankees organization.

Obviously, he never lived up to expectations after batting a career .248 in 1857 career minor league at bats with 67 home runs.

"It was my choice to play baseball," said Henson after deciding to try and make the jump to the NFL. "It was more that I love the game of football. I missed it more than I thought I would."

Henson last played football 4 years ago at Michigan, completing 61% of his passes for 2,146 yards and 18 touchdowns, to go along with 4 interceptions.

Following a workout for several NFL teams in early February, interest in Henson around the league steadily increased. The Cowboys brought him into Valley Ranch last Monday for a personal work out.

The Cowboys were impressed with they saw on both occasions, it was just a question of what they would have to give up to get him.

Apparently, all it took was a third round pick in next year's draft.

Henson himself is excited about the opportunity.

"I'd love to step in and play," said Henson after his workout last month. "If it will benefit me and the team to back someone up and learn behind someone for a bit, I'm open to that. Whatever that is going to help the team be successful in the long run is what I'll take."

Henson also said that he thinks he'll quickly get back to where he was before trying his hand with Major League Baseball.

"I think I'll be on par with other rookies," said Henson. "That's probably the biggest adjustment, that and the schemes. Every player makes adjustments. The same thing was going from high school to college. You go through that period of time. The more you learn, the more you get comfortable."

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