Cowboys Sign Martin, Hunter

The Cowboys agreed to terms with FB Jamar Martin, their fourth-round pick in the April draft, and CB Pete Hunter, the fifth-round pick Thursday afternoon. 1st-round pick Roy Williams' signing now appears imminent, while Andre Gurode and Derek Ross are also close to signing.

Jerry Jones remains confident that all 9 draft picks will be ready for camp Saturday. "I expect them all to be there," Jones said. "This is the time when we always get them done.

Contract negotiations continued with Roy Williams on Thursday, as well as the other unsigned draft picks- center Andre Gurode, receiver Antonio Bryant, and cornerback Derek Ross.

Williams' agent Tom Condon is in the late stages of contract negotiations with the Cowboys organization after several meetings at Valley Ranch on Thursday. Williams is expected to receive a seven-year contract worth around $21 million.

"I'm not really worried about it," said Williams. "I think we are going to be okay. But I'm not going anywhere for sure until I get the word from my agent."

Both Martin and Hunter received seven-year deals, voidable after the third season if they play at least 15 percent of the snaps this season or 30 percent in either of the next two seasons.

Martin received a $274,000 signing bonus along with minimum base salary. That will make his total rookie pool hit around $264,000.

Hunter received an initial signing bonus of $92,000. Hunter wanted an additional $10,000 signing bonus based on the Cowboys' initial offer, but he eventually signed for $2,000 more.

While Williams' signing appears likely to happen today, the Cowboys might be holding their breath with Andre Gurode and Antonio Bryant. Both players have been hinting around about "1st round money" since each will likely be significant factors for the Cowboys' offense this season.

Two independent sources confirmed late Thursday evening that the Cowboys are fully expecting all players to ready for camp in San Antonio tomorrow- which would indicate that Williams, Gurode, Ross, and Bryant will all have contracts signed by that time.

In fact Gurode, taken as the sixth player in the second round, has been offered a signing bonus right under $1.6 million, and with three other 2nd round picks already signed- negotiations should go a little more quickly. The Cowboys are also close to signing Ross, who has been offered a signing bonus of just over $500,000.

The first training-camp practice is scheduled for Saturday at 11 AM.

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