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Report: Could Cowboys Contract Negotiations Extend to 2020?”

John Williams

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Sportrac Predicts Extensions for Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper

Just moments ago, Jane Slater of NFL Network just reported that the Dallas Cowboys have made "generous offers" to Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper that would put them in the top five players at their respective positions.

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Back in Oxnard for #Cowboys camp today and Wednesday and a few new details on the contracts front. I'm told the team has "generous" offers on the table for their QB, RB and WR. Putting each one in the top 5 "highest paid" at their positions.

With those offers on the table, Slater is also reporting that if the two sides can't come to an agreement that the Cowboys front office is ready to let the players play on their existing contracts and prove that they are worth that kind of money.

Jane Slater on Twitter

Additionally, I'm told they're ready and willing to get the deals done but if the two sides can't agree on numbers that make more sense the #Cowboys are prepared to play this season with each player on a "prove it deal." https://t.co/Grwlg3zTV4

Much like the situation with DeMarcus Lawrence in 2018, the Cowboys were willing to wait a year on locking up their franchise pass rusher in order to make sure that his 2017 wasn't an aberration. The problem with waiting, however, is that if the players perform like you hope and expect, the price to retain their services goes up. In the case of Lawrence, it went up anywhere from $2-4 million in just one season.

It's negotiation season for the players and the Dallas Cowboys' front office, which means that some of the negotiations are going to play out in the media to put pressure on the other side to get a deal done. Where these offers land in the "top 5" is a huge question as the difference between the highest-paid running back and the fifth highest-paid running back is more than $6 million a year. At wide receiver, the difference is more than $2 million a year. And at quarterback, the difference is $5 million a year.


That's a lot of money.

The Dallas Cowboys and their big three offensive stars will come to an agreement at some point. They've made no secret about wanting to have Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper headlining their franchise for years to come. They're attempting to be wise with how they get the deals locked in so they have more financial flexibility to get deals done in the future. When it comes down to it, they'll get the contracts finalized.

There's still more than a month before the Dallas Cowboys open the regular season when they play the New York Giants, which leaves them more than enough time to get these extensions finalized. It's unlikely that the front office or the players want these negotiations to linger into the regular season. Nobody wants to be answering contract questions as the team is preparing for the New York Giants.

At this point, it's just a matter of time.


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Cowboys’ Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

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Cowboys' Tight End Marcus Lucas with Huge Opportunity vs the Houston Texans

With only two preseason games remaining, opportunities to make a statement are growing thin. The Dallas Cowboys have very few spots on the roster available, especially at the tight end position where Jason Witten, Blake Jarwin, and Dalton Schultz appear to have the depth chart locked down. The problem is, Jarwin and Schultz have been dealing with injuries and missed the second preseason game against the Los Angeles Rams and probably won't play against the Houston Texans tonight.

Enter Marcus Lucas.

Marcus Lucas hasn't been a member of the Dallas Cowboys for very long, but he's already made an impact.

In his first preseason game with the Dallas Cowboys, Lucas caught four passes on four targets for 20 yards. His receptions went for two, seven, five, and six yards for an average of five yards per reception. He did have a holding penalty that cost the Dallas Cowboys 10 yards on a first down play that didn't go anywhere anyway.

Though Lucas has bounced around NFL practice squads, he's never really found a home. After going undrafted in 2014, Lucas was signed by the Carolina Panthers in May of that year but wasn't able to stick on the 53-man roster and was released and placed on the practice squad. In 2015, he was on the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears practice squads. In 2016, the Panthers brought him back in the summer after the Bears released him from their 90-man roster. That September after cut-down day, the Seattle Seahawks signed Lucas to their practice squad where he spent all of 2016. From 2017 to the end of 2018, Lucas spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, Oakland Raiders, Detroit Lions, the Seattle Seahawks again, and the San Francisco 49ers. He was with the 49ers in 2019 before joining the Dallas Cowboys about two weeks ago and will get an extended run in these final two preseason games.


At Thursday's practice, Lucas was the only tight end available with Jason Witten getting a rest day and Jarwin, Schultz, and fellow Tight End Cody McElroy dealing with injuries.

Todd Archer on Twitter

With Jason Witten getting a day of rest, Blake Jarwin, Dalton Schultz and Codey McElroy injured, the Cowboys have one tight end practicing today: Marcus Lucas, who has been with the team for about two weeks.

It's possible that Lucas may get an extended amount of playing time tonight with an opportunity to show the Dallas Cowboys and the rest of the NFL that he's ready to land on a 53-man roster. With likely only Jason Witten being the only other tight end active for the game against the Houston Texans, Lucas will get a lot of playing time. If his last preseason exposure is any indication, he'll get the chance to display his receiving prowess.

At 27, Lucas likely has few opportunities left to make his mark for an NFL franchise. On a team that proclaims the "next man up" as a battle cry, after Witten, Lucas is the next man up for tonight and depending on his performance could make the Dallas Cowboys front office or another front office around the league take notice.

Depending on the long-term health of the Dallas Cowboys' tight end position, Lucas may find his path to a roster spot simply dependent upon the health of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz. Though a job may not come with the Dallas Cowboys, tonight is an extremely important audition for his next suitor. How he performs tonight could land Marcus Lucas a job after the Dallas Cowboys trim the roster to 53 next week.

They say "preseason games don't matter," but to Marcus Lucas, this might be the most important game of his career.


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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

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Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

Kevin Turner on Twitter

BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan https://t.co/hdiGHoaiVb

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?


Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.


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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.


Ed Werder on Twitter

Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.


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