Cowboys, Bruce Carter agree to deal

July, 28, 2011
7/28/11
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SAN ANTONIO -- And then there was one.

Second-round pick Bruce Carter agreed to a four-year deal Thursday night, leaving third rounder DeMarco Murray as the only draft pick not yet under terms with the Cowboys.

Carter is likely to start the season on the non-football injury list as he works his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Because of the lockout the Cowboys were not able to monitor his rehab but they are confident he will be ready to play this season.

Carter, the 40th overall pick, had 215 tackles and 9.5 sacks in his career with the Tar Heels. He finished fifth on the team last year with 57 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 11 games. He was also a dangerous special teamer with a knack to block kicks. He had seven in his career. He also returned two of his three interceptions for touchdowns.

Last year the Cowboys eased their second rounder Sean Lee into action after he came back from knee surgery. Carter’s process might take a little longer.

The Cowboys were able to get deals done with Tyron Smith, David Arkin, Dwayne Harris, Josh Thomas and Shaun Chapas in time for Thursday’s afternoon practice. They had a deal done with Bill Nagy on Wednesday.

Murray is likely to reach his deal soon, although a hamstring injury suffered before camp could keep him out for 1-2 weeks.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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