Cowboys honor Ware, ponder need with post-Romo future secure

Cowboys honor Ware, ponder need with post-Romo future secure

The 26-year-old will likely give incumbent punter Chris Jones a run for his money, and could perhaps be the heir apparent leg in Dallas.

But they got the best pass rusher left on their draft board when they selected MI defensive end Taco Charlton with the 28th overall pick.

Ware announced his retirement a few weeks ago, but with media assembled for a pre-draft news conference on Monday, Jerry and Stephen Jones joined Jason Garrett in a surprise announcement that Ware had signed a one day deal with Dallas.

"I'm a guy who is very versatile". The departure of Jack Crawford, who started multiple games last season, cleared the way for a better player with similar measurables. Left tackle Tyron Smith (ninth overall in 2011), center Travis Frederick (31st overall in 2013) and right guard Zack Martin (16th overall in 2014) were all drafted by Dallas with their first overall selection in each of their respective drafts.

Jones admitted on Monday that he's happy Romo made a decision to retire and work for CBS instead of playing for another team. Additionally, there were no team wants to pick him up and pay the Dallas Cowboys and carry his expensive price for a backup quarterback.

"But Sam just kept training and kept the dream going and today his persistence and own belief paid off", Susan said. "I think that's where you get yourself in a lot of trouble".

DeMarcus Ware signed a "30-second" contract to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys and retire from the National Football League today.

Now they hope Charlton can live up to those expectations. He also still owns the longest kickoff return in Cowboys history, a 102-yarder against Atlanta on December 22, 1991.

The 6-foot-6, 277-pound pass-rush specialist became the second former Wolverine picked in the first round on Thursday, joining safety Jabrill Peppers, who went No. 25 to the Cleveland Browns.

The Atlanta Falcons traded up to take UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley at 26th.

The Cowboys need Charlton to come in and have an immediate impact as a starter and every-down player.

Ware finished his career with three seasons with the Broncos, earning two Pro Bowl invitations and helping Denver win Super Bowl 50 to cap the 2015 season.

Dallas also has needs in the secondary after losing cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in free agency along with safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox.

Charlton was the first step.

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