Tuesday News, Notes, & Rumblings

As of early Tuesday morning, none of the nine draft picks have been signed by the Dallas Cowboys. News and notes on the players close to signing, as well as the broadcast team that the Fox network will use this upcoming season are contained in this report.

* Fox will announce sometime in the next few days that Pat Summerall will be working with Brian Baldinger, a former Cowboys offensive lineman in the 1980s, during the upcoming season. Fox currently has 12 Cowboys games on the schedule, including the Thanksgiving Day contest against the Redskins.

Fox is also expected to announce that Troy Aikman and Daryl Johnston will be on hand for the game that Emmitt breaks the NFL career rushing record.

* It appears as though it may be a little more difficult than previously thought to sign 2nd round draft picks Antonio Bryant and Andre Gurode. With both players likely commanding significant playing time, Byrant as the #3 wide receiver, and Gurode as the starting center, each has already indicated that they want 1st round contacts.

It won't happen though, especially during a year the Cowboys have already limited what they can spend due to the signing of QB Chad Hutchinson this past January. Hold your breath this week, because it could end up being a bumpy ride before all of these athletes get signed.

* Pete Hunter and DeVeren Johnson will likely be the first two picks to sign. Hunter has been very close for days now and Johnson is right behind him. 1st round pick Roy Williams is also reportedly reasonably close to getting things done. How soon these deals are actually signed remains to be seen.

"These things take five minutes to do them when it's time to do them," Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said. "Until we're right up against training camp, there's no push for anyone to be in a hurry."

* Momentum for back up quarterback Chad Hutchinson has been slowly building now over the course of the summer months. Even ESPN's Chris Mortenson is getting into the act, saying that the Cowboys' organization has thought all along that he could be the franchise quarterback of the future.

* Finally, don't start buying into the recent rumors that the Cowboys could be looking at signing a big name free agent running back to back up Emmitt Smith. The fact is, there is nobody out there the Cowboys could afford right now, and the organization doesn't want to do anything to tarnish Emmitt Smith's career season.

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