Safety Barry Church hasn’t played a down since September 23, when he suffered an Achilles injury that would require season-ending surgery, but he still managed to have a pretty good week last week. Church was given a four-year extension worth just under $9 million, with an additional $3 million in possible performance-based incentives and a $2.5 million signing bonus.
Church will have to wait awhile to reward the Cowboys for their show of good faith, but once he’s healthy again, rewarding the team is just what he plans on doing.
“I’m glad they have a lot of faith in me,” Church said, per ESPN Dallas. “I was shocked a little bit. I thought I was going to have to come back from rehab and don’t have a deal or don’t have any security going into camp next year. They’re showing faith in me and I’m going to try to make it worth every penny for them.”
The Cowboys made their confidence in Church evident pretty much right off the bat in 2012, cutting Church’s main competition for the starting safety job opposite Gerald Sensabaugh, Brodney Pool, just a couple weeks into camp.
“He played really well and again is the kind of guy we want on our team,” said head coach Jason Garrett.
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