Dallas Cowboys sign Travis Frederick


The Dallas Cowboys have completed the signing of their first round draft pick Travis Frederick. 

Frederick, who was the 31st overall pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, has signed a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth year.

The center will be expected to provide protection for $108m quarterback Tony Romo, who has often been criticised for struggling in pressure situations. 

Reports suggest that Frederick will receive a $3.38m signing bonus. 

This is well down on of last year's most expensive picks - running back David Wilson - who the New York Giants handed just under $7m after selecting him as the 32nd overall draft choice. 

Frederick was widely viewed as one of the biggest reaches in this year's draft. Several teams reportedly had late-round grades on the Wisconsin center, and the Cowboys' leaked draft board even revealed a second-round grade.

On a positive note, Frederick ran with the first-team offense all season. Although he's technically competing with Phil Costa, all signs point toward the rookie starting from day one.

Widely compared with New York Jets' All-Pro Nick Mangold, the Cowboys will hope they have found a player capable of joining left tackle Tyron Smith as an anchor of their offensive line.   


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