CB Bryant Westbrook is a Cowboy

Jerry Jones made a bold statement Friday evening by signing free agent cornerback Bryant Westbrook of the Detroit Lions. Westbrook was a pro-bowler for the Lions two seasons ago.

The Dallas Cowboys signed free agent cornerback Bryant Westbrook (6'0, 198) of the Detroit Lions Friday evening. Bryant, who missed the first six games last year recovering from a ruptured Achilles' tendon, signed a one-year contract.

He will receive a $125,000 signing bonus and a base salary of $875,000. It will count $1 million against the Cowboys' salary cap in 2002.

"I like the Cowboys because they're a team on the rise. "I don't want to go anywhere else. I want to be here," said Westbrook.

Westbrook, a pro-bowl performer in Detroit just two years ago, returned an interception for a touchdown in each of his first two seasons as a Detroit Lion. Most scouts think of him as athlete that can get extremely physical with the opposing teams' top receiver, and he'll likely have the opportunity to play a significant role in the Dallas secondary.

With the Lions losing one their workhorses at cornerback, it seems very likely that Matt Millen and company will go after Texas DB Quentin Jammer with the third pick in the draft.

How that factors into the Cowboys' equation is still unknown, however it seems likely that the offense might become the priority with the sixth pick.

More importantly, Dallas has improved defensively at two defensive positions this offseason with the signing of defensive tackle La'Roi Glover and now cornerback Bryant Westbrook.

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