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June 13, 2012

Cowboys get Crawford deal done, close on Johnson and Wilbur but not sure when on Claiborne

The Cowboys got a deal done with third-round pick Tyrone Crawford and it’s likely only a matter of time with fourth-round picks Matt Johnson and Kyle Wilbur.

Crawford’s four-year deal includes a signing bonus of a signing bonus of $575,252 and salaries of $390,000, $480,000, $570,000 and $660,000. 

He is the fourth pick to do a deal following fifth rounder Danny Coale, sixth rounder James Hannah and seventh rounder Caleb McSurdy on Monday.

The Cowboys expect to have all their picks signed before the start of training camp in July.

However, patience is the operative word with sixth overall pick Morris Claiborne because of the absence of signings among the players around him. None of the top eight picks in the draft have signed contracts largely because the agents and teams are battling over offset money in the contracts.

Because of rookie salary scale, the money for Claiborne is set. He will get a deal similar to the four-year, $16.2 million contract that receiver Julio Jones got from Atlanta last year.

The sticking point is offset language. Claiborne’s agent Buzz Cook doesn’t want it in the deal and is likely waiting to see what other agents among the top eight picks are going to do.

“We’re still just kind of moving through,” Jones said of the Claiborne negotiations. “A lot of it has to do with the players that have signed in and around. I understand that. They want to make sure their deal is consistent with the other deals.”

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