All Greg Herd wanted was an opportunity.
And the Steilacoom High and Eastern Washington University product will get that chance to pursue his dreams of playing in the NFL with America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys.
Herd was one of five undrafted Eastern Washington players who signed with NFL teams after the end of the draft Saturday.
Fellow Tacoma native Nick Edwards signed with Minnesota, and Eastern receiver Brandon Kaufman signed with Buffalo.
Eagles quarterback Kyle Padron inked a deal with Oakland, and fellow offensive lineman Will Post will get a shot with Atlanta.
Other locals who caught on include Idaho punter and Vancouver native Bobby Cowan, who signed with Oakland.
Azusa Pacific offensive lineman Luke Marquardt, a Skyline High graduate, agreed to a deal with San Francisco.
Herd said Dallas, Baltimore and Oakland offered him contracts after the draft, but he believes his chance to make a 53-man roster was best with the Cowboys.
Herd joins former Eagles teammate Matt Johnson in Dallas. The safety out of Tumwater High was a fourth-round selection by the Cowboys last year.
“I was really excited,” Herd said. “It’s pretty crazy. I felt a connection when I talked with the coaches and the scouts down there.
“All you can ask for is an opportunity. It’s not where you start, it’s where you finish.”
Herd cannot begin participating in offseason workouts with the Cowboys until he finishes his final quarter at Eastern, according to NFL rules.
Edwards said three teams were interested in his services: Chicago, Arizona and Minnesota.
Edwards decided that Minnesota was the best fit, and he’ll head out to the team’s rookie camp on Thursday.
Edwards said one of the draws of Minnesota was getting the chance to work with the Vikings’ respected receiving coach, George Stewart.
Edwards said his receivers coach at Eastern Washington, Junior Adams, interned with Minnesota last year and had nothing but good things to say.
“It’s a blessing,” Edwards said. “From top to bottom, they are a great organization, and I’m excited to be a part of it.”Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 eric.williams@ thenewstribune.com @eric_d_williams