Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Rookie deals in rear-view mirror
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- There was a time when the Dallas Cowboys would not approach the agents of their draft picks until the week before training camp to get a deal finalized.
On Tuesday, second-round pick DeMarcus Lawrence became the last of the team's nine draft picks to sign, receiving a four-year deal worth $5.506 million and $3.895 million guaranteed. Thanks to the new collective bargaining agreement, the negotiations do not need to take a long time to finalize.
"I think business in the rear view mirror is good,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "Guys get that behind them. It's one less thing they're going to worry about. We never worry about it. I do think sometimes the young guys, it's their money, their contract. They worry about it.”
Lawrence was not too worried. He did not miss an organized team activity workout or minicamp session.
"I'm very happy,” said Lawrence, who was the 34th overall pick. "Now I can really say I'm officially a Cowboy.”
The Cowboys do not have to worry about any contracts heading into training camp. The only unresolved issue is backup quarterback Kyle Orton, who missed his second day of minicamp. He is staring at a fine of $69,455 for missing the entire camp, which concludes Thursday. If he fails to report to training camp, he would face a $30,000 fine.
Coach Jason Garrett said he did not talk to Orton or his agent and was unaware if anybody in the organization had talked to the quarterback.