Cowboys Sign Two and Release One on Day Two of Camp

spencer-close_330.jpgThe Cowboys were able to sign their last two draftees yesterday, first rounder Anthony Spencer and third rounder James Marten.  Unfortunately, to stay within the beginning maximum roster of 85, they were forced to release last year’s practice squad QB Matt Baker. 

As reported, Spencer signed and 5-year, $9 million deal and Marten inked a 4-year, $2.5 million contract with $835,000 guaranteed.  Spencer was able to participate in the final few team drills of the second practice after completing the deal, flying to Big D from Ft. Wayne, IN and then on to San Antonio.   OL Marten was already in Dallas and participated in about half of the second practice after his business was concluded. 

“We have guys miss a practice or two all the time,” Jerry Jones stated when asked about the late arrival of the two rookies.  He had no concerns regarding the late signings and start of camp for the two players as this has occurred quite frequently reminding reporters of how both DeMarcus Ware and Marcus Spears missed the first two practices of camp last year.

It was also determined that LB Greg Ellis had not reinjured his Achilles’ tendon, but was only suffering from “bursitis” and needed to get back into football condition.  Coach Phillips was unconcerned stating, “We’re going to bring him along slow anyway, just to make sure.”  With the absences of both Ellis and Spencer, free agent rookie LB Alex Obomese out of UTEP got alot of reps with the first team D. 


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