The Dallas Cowboys and fourth round selection Anthony Hitchens have agreed to terms on a four-year rookie deal, Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reported on Sunday.
Hitchens was thrust onto the first team defense last week, when defensive captain Sean Lee suffered a torn ACL during the first day of the first round of OTAs. After replacing Lee, Hitchens told reporters that he wasn’t ready to take over the spot just yet, but seemed optimistic that with the benefit of the rest of the offseason, he’ll get there.
The Cowboys’ selection of the University of Iowa product in the fourth round was viewed by a pretty big stretch by many experts. In fact, on Hitchens’ draft profile on the league’s official website, he’s listed as a seventh rounder or a priority free agent.
Fans will find out for sure if the pick was a good one in a few months as, whether or not the team picks up some linebacking help in free agency, it looks like Hitchens will get a lot of playing time as a rookie.
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