Alan Ball is an important part of the Cowboys plans for the 2010 secondary, and they reached contract agreement with him today. Ball was an exclusive rights free agent and received a contract for $545,000.
Ball was drafted out of the University of Illinois in the seventh round of the 2007 draft and distinguished himself last season when he started four games in place of the injured Ken Hamlin at safety. He is expected to be the starter at free safety this season.
Last season, Ball had a career high in tackles with 19 and pass breakups with four.
-- Jan Hubbard