Publish date:

Safety Net: Cowboys' Malik Hooker - Official Contract Details

Former Colts' first-rounder Malik Hooker is a Dallas Cowboy with a one-year deal

The Dallas Cowboys prioritized adding depth in the secondary this season. Depth, in the case of Malik Hooker, but with a cautious eye on the long-term. 

Dallas and Hooker finally agreed to contract terms recently and now we know the numbers. The deal (as first noted by the Dallas News) will be for one year at $920,000 deal, with $490,000 guaranteed. Expected to eventually compete for playing time and possibly a starting job in the back end of the secondary, Hooker will not play Thursday night in the Hall of Fame game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

READ MORE: Three Cowboys; Two Hall-of-Fame Nights

The 15th overall draft pick in 2017 out of Ohio State, Hooker has been a productive starter when healthy. During his first three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, he recorded 124 tackles, seven interceptions, 11 pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. 

Hooker's liability, however, is his availability.

A torn Achilles ended his 2020 season after only two games. Prior to that, he also suffered a torn ACL (2017), and a slew of minor injuries that have kept him from playing a full 16-game season in four years.

No image description

dak stars
Play

When Will Dak Return to Cowboys Practice?

Prescott is not expected to participate in Monday's light practice as the team convenes, with his first workout likely scheduled for Wednesday.

9212DCAA-127D-4BDA-9DCC-4DDA43E3E674
Play

How Much is Cowboys’ CeeDee Lamb Fined Goodbye Wave at Patriots?

Updated by the minute, our Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Free Agency and Trade Tracker: News and views on the roster-building effort

tmz
Play

Dallas Cowboys vs. Eagles 'Beef' Over NBA's Ben Simmons?

"All these Philly athletes tryna s--t on (Ben) Simmons for extra pat on the back from Philly fans. Cornball activity," Cowboys WR Noah Brown says.

The Colts elected not to re-sign him once his rookie contract ended last January.

There's no telling where Hooker will fit in Dan Quinn's new defense. A rangy defender with Cover 1 ability as a center fielder, maybe he and fellow newcomer Damontae Kazee battle it out during practice for a chance to win the starting free safety job. 

READ MORE: Why Isn't Charlie Waters in the Cowboys' Ring of Honor?

If Kazee wins out and Quinn still wants to give Hooker a shot, the alignment would allow for a dime three-safety look. Keep in mind that former safety-turned-linebacker Keanu Neal could play more of a "dime backer" spot in the box, allowing Hooker to rover across the middle of the defense. 

To make room for Hooker on the 90-man roster, Dallas placed former Clemson offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt on the Reserve/Injured list. Hyatt is rehabilitating a knee injury. 

READ MORE: Tearful Jerry Jones Accepts Blame For Breakup With Jimmy Johnson