Cowboys owner Jerry Jones interrupted his own press conference Saturday night for a quick update: the Cowboys had signed undrafted guard Ronald Leary of Memphis.
Leary was expected to be a mid-round draftee, but he has a chronic knee injury that threatens to limit his career.
But Jones, wrapping up the draft for reporters, was clearly happy to have signed the 6-3, 315-pound senior because the Cowboys coaches believe he can step in and play almost immediately.
“It’s about how long he can play,” Jones said. “That’s why he fell to where he fell. ... The coaches think he might be the readiest to come in here and help us more than any offensive lineman.”
After not drafting an offensive linemen in the three-day draft, Jones said it was a relief to get Leary.
“I really wanted to come out here impacting the offensive line,” Jones said. “We are making a lot of it. I want to make a lot of it. We debated all the way down if we should take him. It was a gamble.”
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones declined to answer questions about the injury.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones declined to answer questions about the injury, but it was clear the Cowboys wanted to land the guard.
“He has an opportunity to come in and contribute immediately,” Jerry Jones said. “We’re proud of that. We do have him. We really debated for the last two weeks as to how to put in action, or how to make a decision, relative to a risk issue that is subjective to some degree. ... It’s a longer-term thing. We’re ready to take that risk. He’s a good player, someone that you guys recognize as someone that can help the offensive line.”
-- Carlos Mendez