No Deals Just Yet

In what could be considered as a small suprise, the Cowboys have not yet signed one single player drafted this offseason. Jerry Jones will have this upcoming week to sign all 9 of his draft picks, including prized first round selection Roy Williams.

Before you get ready to pencil in Roy Williams as rookie of the year this season, there is one very important detail that must not be overlooked- his contract. Williams, and eight other draft choices have not yet come to terms with the Cowboys as of late Sunday evening.

While there is still plenty of time to get things rolling, there certainly is a sense of urgency around Valley Ranch to get these contracts in order before the start of training camp this weekend in San Antonio.

5th round draft pick Pete Hunter is reportedly the closest to signing. Hunter is expected to sign a voidable seven-year deal, as all the rookies will likely do.

Last year, Dallas had all but one of their nine draft picks signed before the start of training camp. 3rd round pick Willie Blade held out the first day of camp and then signed a contract before breaking his wrist the first day on the practice fields.

All of the rookies, excluding Roy Williams and Andre Gurode, are expected to earn the league minimum salary through their first couple of years in the NFL. That should net each player $225,000 this season, $300,000 in 2003 and $380,000 in 2004.

The Houston Texans, who will be the first team to start training camp Monday morning, came to terms with all 12 of their picks when they signed WR Jabar Gaffney late Friday evening.

Let's just hope the Cowboys are just as fortunate.

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