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Report: Ezekiel Elliott Expected to Report, Dak Prescott to get Extension

John Williams



Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott

The Dallas Cowboys are getting ready to head to Oxnard, California to begin their 2019 training camp to prepare a team that has the look of a Super Bowl contender as we sit here in late July. Several things will have to go well for the Dallas Cowboys to hoist their sixth Lombardi Trophy next February. A lot of their success will rest on the shoulders of their two highest-profile players in Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott.

Both Prescott and Elliott have been in the news a lot this offseason with both hoping to get big-time contract extensions this offseason ahead of their fourth seasons in the NFL. Yesterday, a couple of nuggets came out of The Star addressing both of these players.

Dak Prescott Extension Coming

The debate has raged about how much the Dallas Cowboys should pay their franchise quarterback. Initial expectations put Dak Prescott at anywhere from $25 to $28 million annually in an extension and now it looks like he's going to be sitting around $32 million a year or more after several quarterbacks reset the market this offseason.

Now it sounds like a contract extension will get done while the Dallas Cowboys are in Oxnard, California for training camp. Jane Slater from NFL Network is reporting that a source close to the negotiations believes that a contract is coming soon for Dak Prescott.

There's never been a doubt that Dak Prescott was going to get signed to a massive deal at some point prior to the 2019 season. The only questions have been about money and when. We'll still have to wait for the contract terms to come down, but the time is nearing for the contract to finally come to fruition.

Ezekiel Elliott Expected to Report

Ezekiel Elliott's been in the news a lot this offseason. His potential contract extension and whether or not the Dallas Cowboys should pay for their elite running back has been debated at length this offseason. There have been reports, though questionable in nature, that Elliott is planning on holding out of training camp when the Dallas Cowboys open with their first practice on Saturday, July 27th.

The Dallas Cowboys' star running back is also hoping to land a contract extension though he still has two more years under his rookie contract.

With Head Coach Jason Garrett talking to the media yesterday in anticipation of the team's departure for training camp, he's expecting his bell-cow back to be with the team when they make the trip to Oxnard.

Rob Phillips from is reporting that Jason Garrett hasn't been made aware of any changes to Elliott's status for the start of training camp and he anticipates the two-time Pro Bowler to be on the field for the start of training camp.

Elliott doesn't have a ton of leverage unless he's planning to sit out the entire season. If he doesn't report by August 4th, the 2019 season will not count toward his years of service and his ability to become a free agent in 2021.

Any report of a hold-out has been largely overblown. While it's a possibility that's been on the table for Elliott and his team, it's always seemed really unlikely that he'd sit out training camp and the 2019 season in search of a new contract. This time next year, however, is a different story.

If Elliott doesn't get a contract this before the Dallas Cowboys go to training camp in 2020, I'd fully anticipate him holding out in search of a contract that should make him the highest-paid running back in the NFL.

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With training camp finally upon us, the news is going to be coming hot and heavy and I'd anticipate Dak Prescott's contract getting signed any day now. With the NFL getting going in every city this week, it would be just like Jerry Jones to steal the headlines by giving his franchise quarterback a very rich contract.

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out Until Week 1

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."

The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.

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Report: Cowboys Agree To Contract Extension With LB Jaylon Smith

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Jaylon Smith, Eagles

The Cowboys are neck-deep in contract negotiations with some of their team's most important players, but it appears they have gotten one key guy signed this afternoon.

ESPN's Todd Archer is reporting that the Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with middle linebacker Jaylon Smith, though the exact terms of the contract have yet to be announced.

Todd Archer on Twitter

The Cowboys have agreed to a contract extension with linebacker Jaylon Smith, according to sources. Smith was set to be a restricted free agent after this season but the Cowboys and his representatives started talks in the spring and they ramped up once camp began. Smith, a...

Of course, the Cowboys drafted Jaylon Smith early in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft despite the horrific leg injury he suffered in Notre Dame's college bowl game. Some didn't think Smith would ever recover to be the same player he once was, but in 2018 Smith emerged as an excellent middle linebacker once again. Smith finished the 2018 season with 121 combined tackles and 4 sacks, and has looked just as imposing thus far in the preseason.

Smith regained his athleticism and sideline to sideline speed, while retaining his impressive hit power and sound tackling to become one of the league's best. Combining Smith with Leighton Vander Esch, the Cowboys have put together arguably the best linebacker group in the NFL.

And now, there's no end in sight for the dynamic duo.

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Report: 2 Dallas Cowboys to be Activated off of P.U.P. List

John Williams



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Per a report from ESPN's Todd Archer, the Dallas Cowboys will soon activate Tyrone Crawford and DeMarcus Lawrence off of the Physically Unable to Perform (P.U.P.) List.

"The Cowboys are planning to activate defensive linemen DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford from the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday, according to a source. They will work through individual drills in their first steps on the field before going through full practices. Lawrence had shoulder surgery not long after signing a five-year, $101 million contract in April. Crawford has been working his way through a hip issue that kept him out of the offseason program. Safety Byron Jones (hip) and receiver Noah Brown (knee) remain on PUP."

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This report comes after DeMarcus Lawrence had offseason shoulder surgery in April and signed his five-year deal making him the highest-paid player in the history of the Dallas Cowboys, at least for now. It looks as if Lawrence will be ready for a week one return.

It's long been believed that Lawrence would be available for week one of the regular season and hasn't suffered any setbacks to this point that should lead you to believe otherwise. With Robert Quinn suspended for the first two games of the regular season and Randy Gregory's status still up in the air (he still hasn't applied for reinstatement), getting Lawrence and Crawford back for the first two weeks of the season becomes instrumental.

The Dallas Cowboys defensive line has looked really good through the first two games of the preseason, but as good as they've been, they'll need Lawrence and Crawford once the regular season starts. Lawrence will slot back in as the left defensive end and Tyrone Crawford will split snaps at right defensive end with Dorance Armstrong and 3-technique defensive tackle with Maliek Collins, Trysten Hill, and Kerry Hyder.

While the additions of DeMarcus Lawrence and Tyrone Crawford will help the defense tremendously, there still isn't a timeline on the return of Pro Bowl Cornerback Byron Jones. Jones has been out since having hip surgery this offseason.

With as good as the Dallas Cowboys defense has looked this offseason, there's reason to believe that they can be even better once each of these guys are back in the lineup full-time. For a defense that was one of the 10 best defenses in the NFL in 2019, they'll need Lawrence, Crawford, and Jones to make the jump into the elite stratosphere of NFL defenses.

With the Dallas Cowboys' eyes set on capturing that sixth Lombardi Trophy, getting Lawrence and Crawford back in time to be ready for the regular season is vital to starting the 2019 season off right.

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