POSTED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 4:54pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 5:22pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) —
An East Texas native has been signed by the Dallas Cowboys to a futures contract.
ESPN Central Texas first reported the news  saying Garrison High School and Stephen F. Austin State University alum, Jabara Williams, was signed to a futures contract, Wednesday, by Jerry Jones and company.
A futures contract  is an agreement between a franchise and player that is being signed for the upcoming season even though that season does not officially begin until the start of the league’s new year as outlined by the NFL. Only players who were not on any NFL team’s active roster when the previous season ended are eligible for these types of contracts.
Williams, a linebacker, was released by the St. Louis Rams, Wednesday, August 28, 2013.  But, that was not the first time Williams was waived by the Rams.
After being drafted in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL draft by the Rams, he was cut in October 2011, after only having played two games and went to the Chicago Bears.
His tenure with the Bears did not last long, either. Williams played only five games in Chicago and failed to make the roster out of camp in 2012 and ended up back on the Rams practice squad.
During his years as a Lumberjack, Williams was a two-time All-American selection, the Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time First-team All-Southland Conference selection. He played both running back and linebacker his freshman year at SFA, then lead the SLC with 132 tackles in 2008. Williams ended his stellar SFA career with 411 tackles and helped lead the Lumberjacks to back-to-back conference titles for the first time in school history.