Fourth-round pick B.W. Webb third rookie to sign with Cowboys

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Cornerback B.W. Webb’s impressive first few days with the Dallas Cowboys continued on Tuesday.

Not only was the fourth-round pick one of the standout performers on the first two days of rookie minicamp, but he also flew back to William & Mary to get his degree at graduation Sunday. He returned to workouts Monday just in time to sign a four-year rookie contract with the Cowboys.

Webb’s deal includes a $443,000 signing bonus and league-minimum salaries for each year.

He has already shown the Cowboys enough that he will compete for playing time as a rookie and could challenge veteran Orlando Scandrick for the nickle cornerback role.

Webb is the third draft pick to sign his rookie deal, joining fifth-round pick Joseph Randle and sixth-round pick DeVonte Holloman.

The Cowboys still have four picks left to sign: first-rounder Travis Frederick, second-rounder Gavin Escobar and third-rounders Terrance Williams and J.J. Wilcox.

Jones era ends

Felix Jones is officially done in Dallas.

It was already a foregone conclusion that Jones wouldn’t be back with the Cowboys in 2013. It was etched in stone on Tuesday when he signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles.

The move ends arguably one of the team’s biggest first-round misses in recent years.

Jones, who was picked 22nd overall in 2008, rushed for only 2,728 yards during an injury-plagued five seasons with the Cowboys. He had 23 career starts.

The Cowboys drafted Jones, a backup in college at Arkansas, primarily to be a backup and complement then-starter Marion Barber.

The Cowboys spent a first-round pick on a backup player while bypassing college starters and future NFL 1,000-yard rushers such as Tennessee’s Chris Johnson, Kansas City’s Jamaal Charles, Chicago’s Matt Forte, Baltimore’s Ray Rice and Pittsburgh’s Rashard Mendenhall.

Jones will compete for the Eagles’ backup job behind starter LeSean McCoy — though there is no guarantee he will even make the team with 2012 breakout back Bryce Brown already in the fold.

Dez staying quiet

The biggest news about Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant this off-season is that there has been no news or controversy.

Considering the past few off-seasons, in which Bryant was banned from a mall for sagging pants, sued for unpaid debts, scuffled with rapper Lil Wayne and was arrested in the alleged assault of his mother, no news is good news when it comes to Bryant.

His silence has not gone unnoticed by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who credits it to Bryant’s growing maturity.

“He’s certainly matured,” Jones said Monday night during an interview on Sirius/XM Radio. “You would expect that, you hope for that and that is happening. Football means everything to him and he certainly had a lot of growing up to do, probably more so than your average player in the NFL. He’s quick to understand that and he’s doing that and he’s doing it at a real fast pace. I know better to really get too positive because you can really get that call.”

Hicks waiting

Former TCU wide receiver Antoine Hicks might not have a great shot at being signed by the Cowboys, but he has a better chance than he had last week. He was a last-minute addition to the team’s rookie minicamp, called to come to the final two days (three practices).

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Hicks, a Mansfield Timberview graduate. “I haven’t been in minicamp since last year when I was with the Washington Redskins. In that time, I was working out all the time and having a part-time job.”

Clarence E. Hill Jr., 817-390-7760 Twitter: @clarencehilljr

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