Following the completion of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys were quick to sign former Kentucky cornerback Chris Westry to a training camp deal.
Top undrafted free agents can receive up to 10 or 15 offers from teams and have to make a decision quickly with different teams offering differing amounts of guaranteed money.
For Westry, the choice became obvious quickly as the Cowboys offered a substantial amount of guaranteed money for an undrafted player.
With $100k guaranteed at signing, Westry is a likely candidate to make the Cowboys practice squad where he would be able to polish the unique physical characteristics that make him such an interesting prospect.
This is a perfect situation for a prospect with a lot of untapped potential, as he will be coached by Kris Richards who is regarded as one of the best defensive back coaches in the NFL. Richards is known for his role in the development of all-pro corner Richard Sherman.
“I think we ended up with some really good players that we still had on our board,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “As we were walking down the hallway, we were talking about how this could really be one of our better, if not the best, competitive camps that we have had in a long time.”
The Cowboys have a fair amount of depth defensively but even if Westry is unable to make the Cowboys 53-man roster, the preseason will provide an opportunity to showcase his unique skill-set to the rest of the league as well.
Congratulations, and good luck to Westry as he is set to begin his NFL Football Life.