Cowboys show confidence in Ball

Coaches have good feeling about undersized defender taking over at free safety

Updated: June 11, 2010, 1:47 PM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Alan Ball convinced the Cowboys' coaches that he could be the solution at free safety during his four games as a fill-in last season.

It apparently took owner and general manager Jerry Jones a little longer to warm up to the idea of counting on a converted cornerback to replace Ken Hamlin.

Jones publicly reserved the right to pursue a free-agent safety for most of the spring. However, when the St. Louis Rams made turnover machine O.J. Atogwe an unrestricted ...

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