Now that rookie cornerback Jourdan Lewis has signed his deal, the Dallas Cowboys have completed the signings of their 2017 draft class.
With the signing of Michigan cornerback Jourdan Lewis earlier this week, the Dallas Cowboys now have every rookie under contract. According to OverTheCap.com, The four-year deal is worth a reported $3.15 million (total contract value) with a base salary of $465K this season.
Lewis was selected in third round (pick no. 92 overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft and is the last of nine rookies to sign with Dallas. All eight of his new teammates signed in early May, before the start of rookie minicamp.
It is apparently not unusual for a third round pick to be the last to sign. As was reported by DallasCowboys.com staff writer David Helman back in May;
"“Cornerback Jourdan Lewis, drafted in the third round out of Michigan, remains the lone unsigned draft pick — though it’s worth noting that he isn’t unique in that regard,” wrote Helman on the league’s official website. “Quirks of the negotiation process make third-round picks harder to sign than most, and only two third-round picks across the NFL have signed contracts so far this year. Last year’s third-round pick, defensive tackle Maliek Collins, didn’t sign his contract until July 14 – roughly a month after every other pick.”"
Lewis figures to be a heavy contributor in a reloaded Cowboys defensive backfield. Many questions remain as to which position new rookie defenders such as Lewis, Xavier Woods, Chidobe Awuzie, and Marquez White will best fit.
Dallas does have four starting caliber defensive backs already on the roster. Can Lewis or one of his fellow rookies unseat a veteran for a starting job this year?
Last season, Lewis racked up 27 tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, nine pass defends and two interceptions in 10 games for the Wolverines. Many considered the 21-year old to be the best slot corner in his draft class.
But will Lewis be able to outplay a veteran like Orlando Scandrick for a starting role in the slot his rookie season? That’s a question that will be answered in the coming months.
With training camp still weeks away, we are all in that period of time in which speculation runs rampant. So you may as well join the fun! Let us know your ideal defensive backfield starters for the Dallas Cowboys 2017 campaign in the comments below.