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Cowboys sign fourth-round safety Matt Johnson

Jerome Henderson, Matt Johnson AP

While some Cowboys were getting chippy on the field, one of their rookies was agreeing to his first NFL contract.

Safety Matt Johnson, drafted in the fourth round out of Eastern Washington, is the lucky new owner of a four-year deal with the Cowboys. Thursday was actually Johnson’s first day with the Cowboys since rookie minicamp thanks to the extended semester at Eastern Washington and the NFL’s rules barring him from work until it ends.

Unless Johnson missed too much time the last couple of months, he should have a shot at a starting job this summer. He’ll have to outplay veterans Brodney Pool and Gerald Sensabaugh, but neither one of them has been good enough over the years to make that feel like an impossibility. Coach Jason Garrett said he thought Johnson looked like a “heady football player.”

“You could see it today. Sometimes it can be intimidating for a guy. Not only is he a rookie, but everybody else has been practicing for three weeks, and now you come in on the last day and you try to fit yourself in. But he seems to have some savvy and some instincts about him, so again, we’re excited to see more of him in camp.”

Cornerback Morris Claiborne and linebacker Kyle Wilber are the only unsigned Cowboys draft picks. Claiborne’s deal is one of many that could be held up as teams and players negotiate the offset language in their contracts.

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5 Responses to “Cowboys sign fourth-round safety Matt Johnson”
  1. profootballwalk says: Jun 14, 2012 6:22 PM

    Brodney Pool? I know his brothers – Brobert and Bronald. And their sister Brosalita.

  2. dccowboy says: Jun 14, 2012 6:30 PM

    Actually he’ll have to outplay Brodney Pool (which should not be difficult) and Barry Church, not Gerald Sensebaugh.

    Johnson can play either safety spot (which is what Ryan wants for his Safeties, since he wants both to be able to play in the box and in coverage).

    He has good range and is a ball hawk (17 INTs in College). I think he has a very good shot at being a starter on opening day

  3. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Jun 14, 2012 7:26 PM

    If he becomes legendary he can join Peyton Manning in the Heady Football Player Hall of Fame.

  4. dirtybird28 says: Jun 14, 2012 7:28 PM

    Dccowboy makes some valid points but I doubt he starts opening day. He’s definitely got skills and I’m sure he’ll see time early, but probably not start til midseasonish if he can play well.

  5. maximusprime107 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:52 PM

    Nice to see Eastern Washington players make it to the nfl

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