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Report: Dallas Cowboys pick up 5th-year option on Receiver CeeDee Lamb

According to multiple reports, the have picked up the fifth-year option for receiver . The move comes well ahead of the May 2 deadline by which teams must decide whether to exercise fifth-year options on first-round picks from the 2020 .

This is the first time since 2016 that the Cowboys have picked up the fifth-year option on a player.

Then, it was who ultimately signed a long-term deal ahead of the .

For CeeDee Lamb, the option means the 24-year-old will be a member of America's Team for at least two more seasons.

This season, Lamb's base salary has been reported as $2.52 million. In 2024, however, he'll make a fully guaranteed $17.99 million.


This past season was huge for CeeDee Lamb. He set multiple career highs in 2022. Lamb finished the season with 107 catches, 1,359 receiving yards, and nine touchdowns.

CeeDee had a stand-out year qualitatively as well.

  • He went from being a alternate for the to being listed on the initial roster for the .
  • He was also named to the Associated Press All-Pro Second Team.
  • In 2022, Lamb even received much more consistent praise for his route running.
  • Analysts and critics finally decided to respect and acknowledge him as a true WR1.

All this happened during a season in which Lamb endured five games without . He also, admittedly, had several moments with Prescott in which the two were “not on the same page.”

These facts suggest there are still several levels of CeeDee Lamb's skill, contributions, and impact that fans have yet to see.

Considering that, the decision to pick up his fifth-year option was certainly a no-brainer.


Now, with on the roster, many are expecting to see even more standout moments from CeeDee Lamb.

The added depth at the receiver position is expected to give Lamb a bit more room to work. Hopefully, there will be fewer instances of him being double and triple-teamed.

There will, of course, be a among receivers during this .

No one is questioning CeeDee's rank or status, however.

The assumption by many is that the Dallas Cowboys will now work to get CeeDee Lamb on a long-term deal.

Although Ezekiel Elliott was the last player whose fifth-year option was picked up, the last player to actually play on one was .

In 2019, he played on the fifth-year option for $6.2 million. It was Jones' last season with the Cowboys before he signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the . He has since been released.

Executive Vice President has mentioned on multiple occasions that he would like to see both CeeDee Lamb and standout (2nd round, 2020) on long-term deals.

Picking up the fifth-year option for Lamb has actually opened up the option of franchise tagging Diggs during the next off-season.

The Cowboys' off-season moves are expected to improve situations for Diggs as they likely will for CeeDee.

The addition of is expected to make opposing quarterbacks less likely to completely avoid Diggs' side of the field. This should mean more opportunities for the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback to do what he does best.

Jazz Monet
Jazz Monet
Sports culture analyst. Sports competition enthusiast. Host of Bitches Love Sports podcast. Personal trainer. Roller derby athlete and trainer.

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