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On paper, baseball-to-football transition complete

IRVING, Texas -- Quarterback Drew Henson signed an eight-year contract Tuesday with the Dallas Cowboys, the latest
step in his transition from baseball to football.

Henson's agent, Tom Condon of IMG Football, said the contract will be submitted Wednesday to the NFL Management Council for its approval.

The Cowboys gave the Houston Texans a third-round pick in 2005 in exchange for Henson.

Henson is guaranteed $3.5 million and can become a free agent after four seasons if he or the Cowboys void the final four seasons of the deal. He'll make the rookie minimum of $238,000 this season and can raise his annual base salary based on playing time.

The Texans selected Henson in the sixth round of last year's draft. Houston, which already has David Carr at quarterback,
planned all along to deal the former Michigan starter who spent three full-time seasons playing baseball in the New York Yankees' organization.

Henson, 24, worked out for 20 teams in Houston earlier this offseason.

Henson completed 214 of 374 passes (57 percent) for 2,946 yards and 24 touchdowns with only seven interceptions in his three seasons at Michigan. He was widely expected to be a high
first-round choice in 2001 or '02, if he'd returned to Michigan for his senior year.

Instead, he tried baseball, but now is headed to the NFL.