Cowboys ink first-rounder Travis Fredrick to rookie deal

6/25/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Dallas Cowboys officially joined the list of teams who have brought their entire 2013 draft class under contract after signing rookie center Travis Fredrick on Tuesday. Travis Fredrick was the Dallas Cowboys’ top draft pick. He signed a four-year deal with a club option for a fifth year.
Financial details of the contract were not released. But according to sources familiar with the negotiations Travis Fredrick signed a $6.87 million contract with $5.5 million guaranteed over the first three years. The contract also features $3.37 million signing bonus.
The Dallas Cowboys selected Travis Fredrick out of Wisconsin with the 31st overall pick after trading out of the No. 18 spot in April’s draft. However, Travis Fredrick was widely viewed as a reach in this year’s draft by many experts and was himself surprised at being taken so high on draft day.
"I thought somewhere in the second round would be more of a fit for me," Travis Frederick said after the draft. "I truly didn't expect this."
The Dallas Cowboys had said that upgrading the offensive line via the draft was a top priority coming off one of their worst rushing seasons in club history. Travis Frederick is highly expected to start across center on the offensive line in his rookie year. He had been taking snaps with the first team during the Dallas Cowboys’ OTAs and minicamp. However, Travis Fredrick is still expected to battle fourth-year veteran Phil Costa for the starting center job in training camp. Travis Fredrick is also expected to get work at guard, his previous position in college at Wisconsin.
With Travis Frederick’s signing the Dallas Cowboys have brought into fold all seven of their draft picks three weeks before training camp. It marks the earliest signing of the entire draft class by the Dallas Cowboys in years, with the hang up usually being with their previous top draft picks.
The Dallas Cowboys have worked in reverse order to get under contract their new draftees, beginning with sixth-round pick DeVonte Holloman on May 10. The official signing of Fifth-round pick Joseph Randle and fourth-round pick B.W. Webb followed soon after.
However, negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys’ more high-profile picks stretched out further into the summer, with third-rounders Terrence Williams and J.J. Wilcox, as well as  second-round pick Gavin Escobar agreeing to their rookie contract just last week.
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