Ball, in mix to start, signs tender

Updated: April 28, 2010, 2:51 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Defensive back Alan Ball, an exclusive rights free agent, signed his tender offer with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday.

Ball, a seventh-round pick in 2007, will make $545,000 this season. He is considered the front-runner to replace released veteran Ken Hamlin as the starting free safety, although owner/general manager Jerry Jones plans to explore other option in the free-agency market.

Ball was drafted as a cornerback and split time between that position and safety ...

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