USF's Alvarado earns contract with Cowboys
Good news for USF alums in the NFL, as former Bulls kicker and punter Delbert Alvarado said Monday night he has agreed to a free-agent contract with the Dallas Cowboys after a strong showing in a rookie minicamp over the weekend.
Alvarado, who was on the Cowboys' roster for two months in the summer of 2010, will compete for the Cowboys' punting and kickoff duties while providing another option as a backup for field goals and extra points. Alvarado started his USF career as a place-kicker, hitting a Big East record 56-yard field goal in 2006, then spent two years as the Bulls' punter.
Alvarado, who said he expected to sign a contract in the next few days, is one of just two punters on the Cowboys' roster, with second-year pro Chris Jones, who had 10 punts last year. Last year's starter, veteran Mat McBriar, is an unsigned free agent on the open market. The Cowboys also return second-year kicker Dan Bailey, who went 32-for-37 on field goals as a rookie.
Alvarado will be one of three former Bulls on roster in Dallas, along with veteran cornerback Mike Jenkins and undrafted rookie running back Darrell Scott.