Cowboys’ Amari Cooper contract talks remain paused, Jerry Jones hammers on intention to get deal done - Patrik Walker, CBS Sports
Coinciding with the great start the Cowboys offense as a whole has gotten off to, Amari Cooper is also playing incredibly well to start the season. With the bye week coming up, could Jerry Jones get a deal done with the star wide receiver?
“No, [we won’t push for bye week deal closings] necessarily at all,” Jones told 105.3FM the Fan following a blowout win over the Eagles in Week 7, in which Cooper battled through a thigh bruise to deliver 106 yards on five receptions. “That’s ongoing. It is what it is, but it’s ongoing. And when the games are going on -- if you have business in this particular case, contract business -- that can be ongoing if it’s happening. And, so, the representatives of the players, the players themselves -- I, of all people, have no issue with a player stepping out of a meeting or stepping off a practice field and potentially visiting with his agent about his contract.
”One may say you’re crazy, but I’m a multi-task guy. And I don’t have bright lines. Don’t go there. This is all you need to be thinking about. I’ve never had that philosophy. I’ve had blurred lines. And, so, it’s not a problem for me to be talking business with any player, any time.”
In other words, as has been and will continue to be the case, the Cowboys are open for business every day both now and later. This means a deal could land within five minutes of this article being filed to CBS Sports, or not until 2020, or maybe not until 2021 -- considering the Cowboys have the option to utilize both the franchise and transition tags in the next few months.
A year ago Tuesday was the day the Cowboys made the trade for Amari Cooper, and while it was largely derided at the time, it’s clear now that the Cowboys made the right decision in sending off a first-round pick to get Cooper.
As we’ve come to learn about Cooper, he’s a fairly understated guy – and the above quote serves as pretty perfect evidence. To say he did “good” upon arriving in Dallas is a massive understatement. In his Cowboys debut, he caught five balls for 58 yards and a touchdown, and that was only the beginning. His arrival helped spark a 7-1 Cowboys run to the NFC East title and a run to the divisional round of the playoffs.
Sunday’s 106-yard performance marked his 16th regular season game with the Cowboys and his 18th total. In that time span, he’s simply piled up 104 catches for 1,516 yards and 12 touchdowns. That’s an average weekly performance of six catches for 84 yards and a score.
“I wouldn’t say it’s been too far from what I expected,” Cooper said. “I expected to come in here and be a play maker and help this offense and help us win games. I think I’ve done some of that so far.”
A three-game losing streak in Dallas is enough to put a head coach on the hot seat, and it’s what led to Urban Meyer saying that he would “absolutely” have interest if the head job in Dallas were vacant. Jerry Jones responded to it on Tuesday.
Jones responded by saying, “For Urban Meyer to say that is a compliment. Period. I really know that. The job is a great job. Now, that’s not implying that I made it that way or I don’t make it that way. It’s just the place to be.”
Meyer recently told fellow Fox employee Colin Cowherd that he would certainly have an interest in a job with Dallas. Meyer expressed that Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley should feel the same way.
NFL Week 8 Power Rankings: Packers climb behind Aaron Rodgers, Cowboys and Vikings also move up - Pete Prisco, CBS Sports
The Cowboys may not have vaulted themselves back into the upper echelon of the NFL with their blowout victory over the Eagles on Sunday night, but they at least saved face. In Pete Prisco’s power rankings, the Cowboys were the biggest riser, coming in at 11.
They got back on track against the Eagles in a dominant way. They head to the bye as the class of the NFC East - even after losing three straight at one point.
Cowboys kicker Brett Maher booted noise before making history - Michael Gehlken, Dallas Morning News
Brett Maher drew the ire of many Cowboys fans for his inconsistent performance to start the season, but he quieted all of them - if only for a week - with a perfect game that saw him enter the NFL record books with a 63-yard field goal.
Brett Maher doesn’t check Twitter. He is not on Instagram. He does not read blog posts. He does not listen to sports talk radio. And barring a sudden departure from his aversion toward all Cowboys-related media material, he won’t see this article.
So, he did not actively absorb the clamor surrounding his job security two weeks ago. “That’s the best way I can stay in my zone and do what’s important for me to go out there and give myself a chance to make my next kick,” Maher said. “That’s how I deal with it.”
Last year, it was around this time that the Cowboys, entering their bye week, made a blockbuster trade to boost their team in the playoff race. Now, sitting at just 4-3 with a narrow lead on the division, who could the Cowboys go after for a similar boost?
The Cowboys have been getting better play this season from Jeff Heath, but he’s still more suited to be a team’s third safety than a starter. Xavier Woods got an interception against the Eagles and hopefully that will jumpstart what was hoped to be a Pro Bowl caliber season that hasn’t emerged yet.
Make no mistake about it, though. Even with promising late-round pick Donovan Wilson waiting in the wings, [Jamal] Adams would be a monumental upgrade for the Cowboys’ unit. He’s an enforcer who could be a game-changer for a top organization. Rumblings have cooled in recent weeks about him being up for trade, after a dust up with the coaching staff over his benching vs Cleveland, but there may still be an idea to trade him if they don’t think they’ll be competitive during his final year and a half under contract, though as a first-round pick they do have a fifth-year option in 2021.
Still, make the call, see what they say. Adams already liked a 2018 Twitter comment suggesting he come to Dallas as a free agent in 2020.
Rex Ryan slams Eagles coach Doug Pederson, claims dad Buddy would have beaten Cowboys - Michael Tanenbaum, Philly Voice
The Cowboys took it to the Eagles on Sunday night in excruciating fashion, and the blowout loss was only made worse by head coach Doug Pederson’s guarantee of a victory the week before. Rex Ryan, former Jets and Bills head coach, called Pederson out for it on Tuesday.
Appearing on ESPN’s “Get Up!” on Monday, Ryan said Pederson made a mistake by not doubling down on his seeming guarantee to beat Dallas a week ago today. He also said his father, who went 8-2 against the Cowboys during his time in Philly, would have ensured the Eagles won the game.
“Pull a Buddy Ryan,” Rex said Pederson should have done. “If you’re going to say it, double down on it. Number one, my dad would have doubled down and he would have beaten Dallas, like he always did.”
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