Former Northwestern outside linebacker Joe Jones has agreed to sign with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent, according to Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald.
The Plano, Illinois, native, who redshirted his true freshman season, had 67 total tackles during his 36 games with the Wildcats. He amassed 5.5 tackles for loss as well as a part-time starter at outside linebacker.
Fitzgerald, like Jones, signed with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 1997 and played three preseason games for Dallas before his release.
Dallas didn’t draft any other linebackers this year, but Jones faces an uphill climb to make a Cowboys roster that boasts one of the NFC’s better defenses with an already-strong linebacker core led by Sean Lee, Anthony Brown and Anthony Hitchens.
Jones is the third Northwestern player to be picked up by a NFL team so far this draft cycle, as fellow linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. was drafted by the Colts in the fifth round and defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo was selected by the Vikings in the seventh round.