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Fourth-Round Pick Damien Wilson Signs Rookie Contract

IRVING, Texas– Damien Wilson signed his rookie contract on Thursday afternoon, leaving No. 27 overall pick Byron Jones as the Cowboys' lone unsigned draft pick.

Wilson's signature comes just two days after Dallas announced it signed third-round pick Chaz Green, who was taken No. 91 overall. Wilson was taken No. 127 overall, at the tail end of the fourth round.

The decision to draft Wilson is awfully familiar to the Cowboys' fourth-round strategy during last year's draft. The Minnesota product played predominantly weak side linebacker in the Big Ten – much like last year's fourth-round pick, Iowa standout Anthony Hitchens.

Cowboys linebackers coach Matt Eberflus said he expects Wilson to cross-train at both weak side and middle linebacker to start, as he can provide depth behind Sean Lee, Rolando McClain, Jasper Brinkley and Hitchens.

The details of Wilson's contract aren't immediately available. But last year's No. 127 pick, Cleveland cornerback Pierre Desir, signed a four-year deal worth roughly $2.6 million with a $407,000 guarantee.

It's typical for teams to sign their draft picks in reverse order given the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Jones is the last remaining unsigned draft pick, but it's a safe bet he'll be under contract before too long.


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