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Early Signing Period: Club Signs Last Three Draft Picks; 4 Remain


Coale was the 152nd overall pick, but suffered a broken bone in his foot in the first week of OTAs.

IRVING, Texas -As expected, the Cowboys have gotten a major jump on signing their draft picks this year.

The club already signed three of the seven rookies and should have all of them, including first-round pick Morris Claiborne completed by the end of the week.

But the Cowboys appear to be starting backwards, signing their last three picks on Monday.

Fifth-round wide receiver Danny Coale (152nd overall) signed his contract, as did sixth-round tight end James Hanna (186th) and seventh-rounder Caleb McSurdy (222nd).

That leaves Claiborne, the sixth overall pick, third-round defensive end Tyrone Crawford (81st) and two fourth-round picks, Kyle Wilber (113th) and Matt Johnson (135th), left to sign.

With the entire team expected to be here this week with the mandatory minicamp (Tuesday to Thursday), the Cowboys are likely to get all of the players signed up before they depart on Thursday.

With the new CBA rules from last year, the rookies are slotted with their salaries and contract structure more than ever. Even signing guys like Claiborne won't be as difficult.

In the past, the Cowboys typically waited until the week before camp to even start negotiating, which sometimes left players unsigned for the start of practice. And getting the rookies done sooner is even more of a priority, considering the first three training camp practices, which start July 25, are for rookies and quarterbacks only.

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