Glazer’s NFL mailbag: What’s going on with Dak? Would the Chargers trade up for Burrow? - Jay Glazer, The Athletic
FOX Sports NFL insider takes questions, including what’s going on with the Prescott contract situation.
What’s going on between Dak Prescott and Jerry Jones? Is Dak really asking for AAV over 40 million dollars? Are there any QBs the Cowboys can target during the drafts so they can’t sign Dak to an extension? —Archit M.
Dak will be the quarterback of the Cowboys. Period. End of story. I don’t see him getting 40. I see Patrick Mahomes as the first $40 million-a-year guy. Whatever he does, any other team can look and say, “Well, you didn’t win an MVP and a Super Bowl MVP so you’re not going to make as much as that.” But whether they franchise Dak, give him an extension, or whatever it is, it’s going to get done. He will be the quarterback of the future for the Cowboys, and no, he’s not asking for 40.
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Baltimore Ravens: Picks 28 & 57
Green Bay Packers: Picks 30 & 62
Kansas City Chiefs: Picks 32 & 64
Los Angeles Rams: Pick 52
Pittsburgh Steelers: Pick 49
Bleacher Report peruses through each NFL team and identifies one must-sign player. Put this one in the “no-brainer” file.
Dallas Cowboys: QB Dak Prescott
No controversy here. Quarterback Dak Prescott has yet to become a superstar for the Dallas Cowboys, but he’s a 26-year-old two-time Pro Bowler who has 97 career touchdown passes to 36 interceptions. Even if you argue he’s not yet a franchise quarterback (whatever that means), the potential is certainly there. You don’t give up on a player with that profile at the most important position in the game. It won’t be easy for Dallas to re-sign or place the franchise tag on Prescott, star wide receiver Amari Cooper and top corner Byron Jones, but Prescott has to take priority. The Cowboys don’t rely on him too heavily, but he hasn’t missed a start in his four-year career, and they’d be in significant trouble if he got away.
Once Cowboys pay Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, what will be left for the free agents on defense? - Calvin Watkins, Dallas Morning News
The Cowboys may have their mind made up about keeping Prescott and Amari Cooper, but then what does that mean for the defense?
Of the 16 defensive players, the line has five impactful players who might not return. Defensive end Michael Bennett was a one-year rental and could retire. Maliek Collins had a productive year with four sacks and 30 quarterback pressures from the defensive tackle spot. Do you believe Collins should get a new contract or think Trysten Hill, the 2019 second-round pick, deserves a chance to take over?
Robert Quinn led the Cowboys in sacks (11.5) and quarterback pressures (37) last season at defensive end. The Cowboys could offer him a deal, but it’s hard to justify giving him a three- to five-year deal as a 30-year old pass rusher that could push his salary to $10 million to $12 million a season. Kerry Hyder and Christian Covington had flashes of good work, and maybe you bring one of those two linemen back at minimal cost.
Cowboys Exclusive: Sean Lee Talks About ‘Exploring Options’ To Keep Playing - Mike Fisher, Sports Illustrated
One defensive player people aren’t thinking much about is veteran Sean Lee, but now that he got a good taste of playing again, would he consider playing for a different team?
Lee played in all 16 games for the first time in his 10-year career and wound finishing the season with 86 tackles, a sack and an interception. The Cowboys have Jaylon Smith and the hopefully-healthy Leighton Vander Esch above him in the linebacker rotation but in terms of everything from performance to mentorship,
Dallas bringing back Lee makes sense; we have a hard time seeing why a McCarthy coaching staff, guided by new coordinator Mike Nolan, would see it any differently. But his career is winding down and he is a free agent - as odd as it would be even for him to don another uniform - so “options’’ are in play. “I love it in Dallas and I love the Cowboys,’’ Lee tells CowboysSI.com. “I hope it works out, for sure.’’
NFL’s Biggest Potential Offseason Cap Casualties and Where They Could Land Next - Kristopher Knox, Bleacher Report
With free agency coming, teams will be looking to reconfigure their salary cap situation. Bleacher Report identifies some players at risk to be cut, including a familiar Cowboys player we’ve heard before.
Defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford has been one of the more reliable members of the Dallas Cowboys defense leading up to 2019. However, the 30-year-old defender only appeared in four games before undergoing season-ending hip surgery Releasing Crawford would save Dallas $8 million, which could prove necessary.
While the Cowboys are expected to have nearly $74 million in cap space, that money isn’t going to last. Key players like Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Robert Quinn and Byron Jones are scheduled to hit the open market. Given his age, recent injury and salary, Crawford could be the odd man out in Dallas.
However, he could still be a fine addition for a team seeking an interior lineman with pass-rushing potential (23 career sacks). A reunion with former Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who recently joined the Raiders, would make a lot of sense. Potential Destinations: Las Vegas Raiders, New York Jets
NFC East offseason overview: Outlook for the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins -Matt Williamson, Big Blue View
Our sister site, Big Blue View, takes a look at each of their division rivals. What kind of outlook do they have for the Cowboys? Well, I’m glad you asked.
Although the Eagles won the division, Dallas had by far the best point differential in the NFC East and now Mike McCarthy takes over as the Cowboys head coach. And expectations should remain high. Dallas has the 17th pick in the first round and will pick in that area of every round. They also project to be getting a fifth-round compensatory pick.
As it stands right now, the Cowboys have the most available salary cap space in the division. But that will dry up very quick. How about this list of prominent Dallas players with expiring contracts in order of importance: Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, Byron Jones, Robert Quinn, Randall Cobb, Sean Lee, Michael Bennett, Jeff Heath and Jason Witten. Prescott isn’t going anywhere, but if he is given the franchise tag or a contract extension, the Cowboys quarterback is going to eat up a lot of cap room.
After that it seems extremely unlikely that Dallas can retain Cooper and Jones, both of whom could be near the top of their respective positions in compensation when it is all said and done. As it stands right now, Michael Gallup is the only wide receiver or tight end that Dallas can count on.
Without question, their defensive line needs work and the Cowboys can’t possibly be comfortable with their secondary. The Cowboys have some huge decisions to make and will be in a position with little room for error during the draft. Still, this team still has quite a strong core of talent in place, nonetheless.
The new coaching staff is all about finding solutions, and new head coach Mike McCarthy is using a combination of old and new to keep those ideas rolling.
McCarthy’s staff includes those with ties to his Packers days, such as McCurley, offensive line coach Joe Philbin, assistant head coach Rob Davis, defensive backs coach Al Harris, assistant offensive line coach Jeff Blasko and coaching assistant Scott Tolzien. McCarthy was Mike Nolan’s offensive coordinator when Nolan was head coach in San Francisco. McCarthy has Pittsburgh ties (the city and school) with defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and running backs coach Skip Peete.
And McCarthy has coaches with no direct ties to him, such as Jason Garrett holdovers Kellen Moore, Doug Nussmeier, Leon Lett and Markus Paul.
If we never saw Robby Anderson again, it would be too soon. John Williams from Inside the Star sees things differently, as he takes a look at three possible free agent WRs for the Cowboys.
1. Robby Anderson, New York Jets
With teams looking to add more speed players like Tyreek Hill and Marquise Brown, Anderson will be highly sought after this offseason. Because of his deep ball specialty, he hasn’t had more than 63 receptions in a season, but he’s also never had fewer than 42, which happened during his rookie season. He’s averaged 14.8 yards per reception for his 62 game career in which he’s only missed two games. Anderson ranked sixth in the NFL in targets beyond 20 yards downfield and didn’t drop a single target down the field. At 6-3 190 pounds, Anderson provides a nice size and speed combination that the Cowboys don’t have. If the Cowboys decided to move on from Amari Cooper or Randall Cobb, Dallas could add Anderson to play on the outside.
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