Signed and sealed. Now will the Cowboys’ rookies deliver?
Second-round draft pick DeMarcus Lawrence agreed to a four-year contract Wednesday morning, meaning that – on the early date of June 18 – all the Cowboys’ draft picks are signed. For a franchise with a history of signing rookies on training camp eve – or, back in 1990, suffering a lengthy Emmitt Smith holdout – it’s refreshing news.
The Cowboys may not be as talented as in the past and the bar of expectations has certainly been lowered, but at least contract disputes can’t be blamed in 2014 as all nine of their draft picks are now under contract.
Lawrence was picked 34th overall by the Cowboys, who were desperate for defensive line help after the departures of DeMarcus Ware and Jason Hatcher. In two seasons at Boise State, Lawrence had 20 sacks. In minicamps at Valley Ranch this summer he’s been lining up as the first-team right defensive end.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.