Cowboys Sign First-Round LB Leighton Vander Esch

The Dallas Cowboys have signed first-round LB Leighton Vander Esch to a four-year contract on Friday, according to Todd Archer.

This leaves third-round WR Michael Gallup as the only unsigned draft pick from the Cowboys 2018 class.

Rd Pick Player Pos. Status
1 19 Leighton Vander Esch LB Signed
2 50 Connor Williams OL Signed
3 81 Michael Gallup WR
4 116 Dorance Armstrong DE Signed
4 137 Dalton Schultz TE Signed
5 171 Mike White QB Signed
6 193 Chris Covington OLB Signed
6 208 Cedrick Wilson WR Signed
7 236 Bo Scarbrough RB Signed

Vander Esch, 21, was taken with the No. 19 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft by the Cowboys. According to OverTheCap.com, he received a $11,847,784 contract that includes a $6,696,568 signing bonus.

The contract includes a fifth-year option for the Cowboys to pick up in 2021. It’s worth mentioning that the fifth-year option is only guaranteed for injury and won’t prevent the two parties from working on a long-term extension.

During his three-year college career at Boise State, Vander Esch recorded 188 total tackles, 13 tackles for loss, five sacks, three interceptions, six pass defenses, one fumble recovery, and four forced fumbles.

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