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Timing of New CBA Could Impact Cowboys Spending Plans

For the NFL and the players, the next collective bargaining agreement has some big issues to work out. 17 games or 16 games? What to do about ? How should the revenue be shared? For the , when the collective bargaining agreement is signed could have a significant impact on their plans this .

With , , , and all expected to receive rich contracts this offseason, the Dallas Cowboys are getting creative to try and work out deals for at least three of the above, if not all four. Though the writing on the wall seems to indicate that Byron Jones will be playing elsewhere in 2020, if they could get him in on a deal similar to the one signed last August, I'm sure they'd love to bring him back. However, with reports out there that Jones could be seeking the richest contract in the NFL, the Cowboys seem willing to let him pursue a future elsewhere.

A lot of the planning for the Cowboys has centered on the idea that they'd have two tags available to use this offseason with the NFL and the NFL Player's Association working on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (). Using the and the on some combination of Prescott, Cooper, and Quinn would allow the Cowboys more time to work out long-term contracts with their premier .

With several reports coming out yesterday about potential rule changes that could come with a new CBA, there's a possibility that the Cowboys may not have the ability to use both tags this offseason.

Dan Graziano of .com is reporting that if a new CBA is reached prior to the start of the league year on March 18th, then NFL teams would only be able to apply the traditional franchise tags to their top free agents.

That creates some urgency for the Dallas Cowboys to hammer out a long-term deal or two prior to March 10th, the deadline to apply the franchise tag. Dak Prescott is still the biggest domino that needs to topple over, but the Cowboys could get deals done with Jones, Quinn, or Cooper while they continue to hammer out the structure and details for their franchise 's contract.

Deadlines make deals, and while NFL doesn't officially open until March 18th, the Cowboys will need to have a plan in place for the possibility they won't be able to use the transition tag this offseason.

With new reports comes optimism that a new collective bargain agreement could be ratified over the next few weeks.

More Collective Bargaining Agreement Notes

Expanded Playoff

Probably the biggest piece of information to come out yesterday is the proposed plan in the new collective bargaining agreement to expand the NFL's playoff field from 12 to 14 teams, adding a team to each conference. It's an interesting move given the popularity of the NFL's playoff structure.

If the 2019 would have allowed an extra wild card the would have sent the 9-7 and the AFC's seventh representative would have been the .

Expanded Schedule

There's still no sense of whether or not the agreement would add a 17th game to the schedule. It appears that the two sides are still attempting to work that out. If the league and the players were to agree to a 17 game schedule, it would mean an increase of the player's share of the revenue generated by the league.


Wherever you stand on the idea of marijuana use both recreationally or medicinally, North American sports has drastically shifted its view on the substance over the last several years. Behind the other major sports leagues, the NFL has the most stringent discipline and one of the longest testing windows in the league.

All of that could change under the new CBA as Patrik Walker from CBS Sports writes.

Walker outlines in his piece that the testing window could be reduced from the current four months — April to August — to two weeks. Though they aren't completely removing it from the banned substance list, they are making it easier for players to be “clean” when their testing time comes around.

What that means for Dallas Cowboys is any one's guess. Gregory remains indefinitely suspended by the commissioner's office and there's been no news from about the possibility of him playing anytime soon.

John Williams
John Williams
Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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