Cowboys sign fifth-round running back Joseph Randle to four-year deal

05/13/2013 11:17 PM

05/16/2013 6:05 PM

Rookie running back Joseph Randle won’t be able to practice with the Dallas Cowboys until training camp because of continued rehab on his surgically repaired thumb.

But there was no delay in his contract talks with the Cowboys. The fifth-round pick, who is expected to be DeMarco Murray’s primary backup, signed a four-year, $2.5 million deal with the Cowboys on Monday.

Randle received a $188,500 signing bonus as well as minimum salaries in each of the next four years of $405,000, $555,000, $630,000 and $715,000 in 2013-2016, respectively.

He joins linebacker DeVonte Holloman, the team’s sixth-round pick, as the rookie draft picks to come to come to terms. Holloman received a $104,000 signing bonus with the same base salaries.

The Cowboys also signed three players who participated in the rookie minicamp: tackle Edawn Coughman, guard D.J. Hall and receiver Anthony Amos.

Amos is a rookie undrafted free agent from Middle Tennessee State. Coughman was on Seattle’s practice squad last season. Hall spent time on Jacksonville’s practice squad.

The Cowboys released guard Charlie Bryant, receiver Greg Herd and tackle Aderious Simmons.

Something to prove

Much has been made about the Dallas Cowboys liking linebacker Brandon Magee so much that they guaranteed $70,000 of his salary for him to sign with them as an undrafted rookie free agent.

While the former Arizona State star is happy to be with Dallas, he is still miffed about being snubbed by every team in the league during the draft, even the Cowboys. He was rated on some draft boards as high as the fourth round. The Cowboys had him rated higher than linebacker DeVonte Holloman, whom they selected in the sixth round.

Magee hasn’t forgotten any of it.

“It’s there,” Magee said of the chip. “It’s not going anywhere. I’ve got to make this team.”

Magee is drawing inspiration and guidance from former Arizona State teammate Vontaze Burfict, who found himself in a similar situation last year. Burfict, who at one time was ranked a first-round prospect, went undrafted because of a bad workout and supposed attitude issues.

He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent and went on to earn a starting spot and lead the team in tackles as a rookie.

“I talk to him every day,” Magee said. “Everybody was all over him. He proved everybody wrong. I’m on that same step.”

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