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Tuesday, July 14, 1998

Cowboys sign No. 1 pick Ellis; cut Sherman Williams

By DENNE H. FREEMAN AP Sports Writer

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys signed their top draft pick, gave tight end Eric Bjornson a two-year contract and cut running back Sherman Williams on Monday in transactions before training camp started.

Defensive end Greg Ellis of North Carolina, the No. 8 pick in the NFL draft, signed a six-year, $11.5 million contract that included a bonus check of $5.4 million.

Ellis is already slotted as a starter because veteran Tony Tolbert was cut because of his bad knees.

"It was important to get Greg into camp the very first day," said owner Jerry Jones. "He needs time to get entrenched."

Ellis ordered his agent, Butch Williams, to get the contract done by the time camp started on Wednesday in Wichita Falls.

"Greg took away all my leverage," Williams said. "But we're happy with the contract."

Ellis said, "I'll be working with the first unit right away and I needed to be there when camp opened. I'm a rookie in a new system I know nothing about in a new league."

Bjornson signed a two-year deal for $1.2 million that included a bonus of $368,000. He will count $400,000 against the Cowboys salary cap this year.

Williams, a second-round draft pick in 1995 out of Alabama, became expendable when the Cowboys got free agent Chris Warren, who played with Seattle.

Williams rushed 121 times for 468 yards and scored two touchdowns last year.

"We are happy with where we are at running back with Emmitt (Smith) and Chris Warren," Jones said.

The Cowboys also released free agent cornerback Ron Bailey of Georgia.

Still without deals were second round tackle Flozell Adams and fifth round linebacker Darren Hambrick.

Dallas failed to invite to camp return specialist Herschel Walker and special teams star Bill Bates, who has played for the Cowboys for 15 years.

Bates said Monday it was "discomforting" to not be a part of the Cowboys plans as a player, but he wouldn't mind helping out as an assistant coach.

"It looks like the decision has been made," Bates said. "It's a young man's game. It's not what did you do for me yesterday. It's what you did today. That's the nature of the game. I would love to coach."

The veteran minimum salary cap is now $375,000 and Bates said "that didn't help any. Sometimes it's a financial decision."

Jones said an announcement on Bates' status would be made on Wednesday in Wichita Falls.

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