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Dallas Cowboys take big risk on undrafted receiver George Farmer

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The Dallas Cowboys managed to get arguably the biggest steal of the 2015 NFL Draft when they landed talented pass rusher Randy Gregory in the second round.

A lot of people see Gregory as a risk however, with there being a reason for his draft day slide. Gregory had well-documented drug problems and had a positive test at the NFL Scouting Combine, whilst also reportedly suffering from mental illness issues. 

Well bringing in Gregory wasn't the only risk that the Cowboys took, with Jerry Jones and co. deciding to offer one undrafted player a lot of money.

Big Guarantee

According to a tweet from Tom Pelissero, an NFL writer for USA Today Sports, the Cowboys have given undrafted wide receiver George Farmer at least $55,000 in guaranteed money to sign with the side.

Obviously, in the context of NFL contracts, $55k does not seem like a lot of money at all. But when you consider that there are NFL veterans out there - take Tim Tebow for example - who are on contracts with no guaranteed money at all, you realize how much the Cowboys actually offered to get Farmer in. 

Undrafted rookies never get that kind of money.  It seems like the Cowboys had to guarantee Farmer that much money because he had several suitors as an undrafted free agent.

High School Star

Coming out of Serra High School, Farmer was a five-star recruit and All-American that had been named to every award list possible with USC fighting several other big programs for his commitment. 

But Farmer struggled at the Trojans, suffering horribly with injuries which limited him to just one catch as a sophomore and then wiping out his entire junior year after tearing his ACL and MCL in his left knee in spring practice.

The speedy wideout managed to stay healthy in 2014 but found himself buried in the depth chart and only had 25 receptions for 314 yards and four touchdowns. His best game of his career came against Notre Dame when he four catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns.

Despite his issues with injury, Farmer is still lightning quick, which likely drew the Cowboys attention. The wideout clocked a 40-yard dash time of 4.35 during his pro day.


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