The Dallas Cowboys accomplished something that’s not common in Valley Ranch this time of the year — all the team’s draft picks have contracts in place well before training camp after Travis Frederick agreed to terms on Tuesday.
It seems like every year the Cowboys have at least one rookie who misses a part of training camp because his contract isn’t quite done, but that won’t be the case this year, which is a great sign for the Cowboys’ faithful considering the lack of mental toughness this franchise has shown for the better part of the last two decades.
With Frederick locked in for five years with a $6.8 million deal, the Cowboys can now focus on playing good football, which is something they haven’t done since the 2007 regular season and before that, since the 1998 regular season because Heaven knows Dallas has been dreadful in the playoffs since then.
Frederick has already been inserted into the starting lineup over Phil Costa, although the Cowboys’ coaching staff says the two will compete for the job during training camp. If you’re a real Cowboys fan, you know that’s a bunch of baloney, but it’s “news,” so there you go.
One thing that Cowboys beat writers and columnist all agree on every year is the team needs to cut out distractions and that’s exactly what they did with the Frederick deal getting done this early by Dallas standards. It’s long overdue, but Cowboys fans finally have something about which to smile.