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Byron Jones signs four-year, $8.6 million deal, completing Cowboys’ draft class

Byron Jones (31) defends against tight end Gavin Escobar (89) in a recent OTA.
Byron Jones (31) defends against tight end Gavin Escobar (89) in a recent OTA. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys completed signing their 2015 draft class, getting first-round choice Byron Jones under contract Thursday. The defensive back signed a four-year, $8.6 million deal with $7 million guaranteed, including a $4.5 million signing bonus.

Jones, the 27th overall pick, has played cornerback and safety during the team’s organized team activities.

“He’s an athlete, so he gives you range,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said this week. “In our dime package and some of those things, he can play in. So we just want to get him as versed as we can. All of sudden something happens somebody, who’s down for a couple of weeks, now this guy has been trained at both places. Something happens in a game, he’s been trained at both places.”

Jones made 38 career starts with 223 tackles, 26 pass breakups and eight interceptions in his career at Connecticut. The Cowboys like what they have seen so far.

“Actually pretty good. Solid,” Marinelli said. “He’s done a solid job. He learns well. He’s smart. That’s been a big plus for us right now and gives us great flexibility. He’s been solid.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

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