Dallas Cowboys to sign fourth-round pick

IRVING, Texas -- The signing of a fourth-round draft pick does not normally generate much interest, but Anthony Hitchens went from a hopeful backup to a potential starter when Sean Lee was lost for the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Hitchens will sign a four-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys today as the team enters the second week of organized team activities. Hitchens is the seventh of the Cowboys’ nine draft picks to agree to terms. He will receive a signing bonus of $434,864.

The only two picks left unsigned are first- and second-round picks Zack Martin and DeMarcus Lawrence.

The Cowboys have worked Hitchens at middle linebacker since Lee was hurt on May 27, but it is a big jump for a rookie to make, and Hitchens is new to the position. He played weakside linebacker at Iowa. The Cowboys will also look at DeVonte Holloman, who started two games at middle linebacker last season, and Justin Durant, who started one, in Lee’s absence. They have yet to look at the free-agent market for help.