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Cowboys News: Details emerge about Dak Prescott’s contract demands

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Plus, how close did LeBron James get to wearing the star?

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Cowboys Contracts: ‘Dak Wants $45M For 5th Year’ - And What That Means - Mike Fisher, Cowboy Maven

The Cowboys are still working to get a contract done with Dak Prescott, with negotiations reportedly centering on the length of the deal. A report on Tuesday suggested that Prescott was looking for $45 million in the fifth year he’s seeking, but it’s a little more complex than that.

What Prescott agent Todd France is suggesting is this: Dak will take the four-year framework at $35 million ... and if Dallas wants the fifth year, the Cowboys must tack on $45 million more. Not “back-loaded.’’ Not ”in the fifth year’’ but rather “as a reward, included in the overall deal, for doing the fifth year.’’

Now do that math: 4 x $35 million = $140 million. Tack on another year and another $45 million = $185 million. Meaning, in marrying Simms’ rumor with our facts, Prescott is asking that a five-year agreement pay him $185 million. Which equals $37 million a year. Which means the Cowboys (offering $35 million APY) are $2 mil per year away from an agreement.

The Cowboys have their “pie’’ concerns, as COO Stephen Jones discussed with me here. But this five-year deal can be structured so Dallas stays out of too many “13.1-Percent Myth’’ danger zones. And if they truly believe in the player, as they’ve established with both their five-year offer and their franchise tag offer of $31.409 million?

The Cowboys want five years at $35 mil per, and Dak will do five years at $37 mil per. That gap seems solvable.

LeBron James trained for football during ‘11 lockout, has framed contract offer from Cowboys - Jason Owens, Yahoo Sports

LeBron James has long been one of the more dominant players in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t considered hanging it up to play football. And apparently the longtime Cowboys fan got close to playing for America’s Team.

In the wake of “The Last Dance” and look back at Michael Jordan’s mid-career baseball hiatus, James talked on Monday about the time where leaving basketball at least crossed his mind.

And it resulted in a contract offer from the Dallas Cowboys. So says Maverick Carter.

Speaking alongside Carter — his longtime business partner — and host Paul Rivera on “The Uninterrupted” podcast, James revealed on Monday (15:24 mark below) that he incorporated football drills into his workout routine during the 2011 NBA lockout.

O-Line Update: How Much Do Cowboys Want Biadasz To Start? - Mike Fisher, Cowboy Maven

The Cowboys drafted Tyler Biadasz in the fourth round, seemingly trying to replace one Wisconsin center with another. But Biadasz isn’t the polished prospect Travis Frederick was his rookie year, and thus isn’t a lock to start right away.

Certainly there is some intriguing competition behind the assumed quintet. On the surface, the selection of Biadasz is a nod to the need for a new long-term center in the wake of Frederick’s retirement. That means he’s going make the roster, even if he’s just a dedicated backup at center in 2020.

We wonder, though, if the rookie’s sponsors will see something more. Something more quickly.

From there, you need a couple of players that can play multiple positions, especially on gameday. I say a most likely candidate list includes Redmond, whom the Cowboys re-signed this offseason; Fish touts McGovern, last year’s third-day pick who can play guard and center. Meanwhile, Tyler Biadasz is the guy to watch for the same sort of “push’’ - in part from the people who traded to draft him.

Cowboys’ Jerry Jones reacts to returning to his office - Skyler Carlin, Clutch Points

The NFL is getting closer to being able to safely resume normal activities, and that affected the Cowboys on Tuesday when they were able to return to their team facilitiesin a limited capacity. Jerry Jones was particularly excited to be back.

“This is a big day for clubs all over the NFL and for our league as a whole, a big day for sports in general, a day for building confidence,” Jones said, via ProFootballTalk. “It’s great to be back in the office this morning. I thought there was no better place for me to participate in our virtual League meeting today than right here at my desk at The Star.”

The most important aspect of the memo was that teams must abide by their local and state government’s guidelines before returning. It was reported that the Cowboys, along with 21 other teams, were able to re-open their facilities on May 19.

As Jones pointed out, this is some positive progress for the NFL in their efforts to return to normal as soon as possible. In addition, it’s a step in the right direction for all sports as they hope to pick back up in the coming months. While the Cowboys still held a virtual team meeting on Tuesday, Jones got to do so from the office at Dallas’ team facility.

Can the Dallas Cowboys field a trio of 1,000-yard receivers in 2020? - Steven Mullenax, The Landry Hat

The Cowboys already had two highly productive receivers in 2019 between Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, but the addition of CeeDee Lamb should take the offense to a new level in 2020. But can this trio make NFL history?

The Cowboys were one of only five NFL teams to have two 1,000-yard wide receivers on their roster in 2019. But Dallas nearly had three wideouts to hit that milestone. Veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb, who left the Cowboys this offseason to join the Houston Texans in free agency, recorded 55 receptions for 828 yards and three touchdowns in 2019.

When you consider Lamb will be the most likely beneficiary of Cobb’s missing production this upcoming season, it’s easy to envision the rookie getting near the 1,000-yard milestone. And the fact longtime tight end Jason Witten is no longer in Dallas, a player who posted 63 catches for 529 yards and four scores last season, that absence could push Lamb’s production over the edge.

Quarterback Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 4,902 passing yards in 2019. And as a result, the Dallas Cowboys nearly had three wide receivers post over 1,000-yards each. With CeeDee Lamb now in the mix, Dallas could be one of the handful of teams in NFL history to field three 1,000-yard wide receivers in a single season.

DT Neville Gallimore Will Have Instant Impact on 2020 Cowboys Defense - Matthew Lenix, Inside the Star

The Cowboys invested in their defensive tackle position in free agency, adding Gerald McCoy and Dontari Poe, but they also drafted Neville Gallimore in the third round. While he might not start right away, Gallimore is primed to contribute in a big way.

The former Oklahoma Sooner talked to the Dallas media after being drafted about what he brings to the table and how he feels the best is yet to come in his football career.

“A high-effort guy. A guy with the jack-of-all-trades. A guy that’s also disruptive and can rush the passer or a guy that can stop the run,” Gallimore said, describing himself. “Whatever you need, whatever you want from me, I will do just that and I’ll do it to the best of my abilities. And how I kind of describe myself, again, is an unfinished process. I feel like a lot of people understand that my ceiling is so high, and I know that. Again, the best football hasn’t come out of me yet, but it’s coming. It’s coming soon.”

Gallimore is coming off of a very productive season in 2019. His four sacks and 32 quarterback pressures were both career highs for him at Oklahoma. Another encouraging nugget is that Gallimore forced four fumbles over his final two collegiate seasons. For a Cowboys defense that has lacked the ability to create turnovers for years, this seems like the perfect marriage.

THE 5 BEST TEAM DRAFTS OF THE 2010S - Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network

The Cowboys were widely regarded as having one of the best drafts of 2020, but they also made the list of the five best drafts from the 2010’s, as their draft class that landed both Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott has gained praise.

The Cowboys are the latest beneficiary of an incredible steal in the middle rounds for a quarterback. Prescott is the face of the 2016 draft class despite being the fifth selection made by Dallas. His development as a player has seen him evolve from a rookie passer weaned in with a heavy dose of the run game to nearly surpassing 5,000 yards last season.

Prescott is the engine that makes the Cowboys’ offense hum, even if fellow 2016 pick Elliott is the workhorse. Dallas’ entire offensive identity for the second half of the decade was snatched up in a single draft; the Cowboys have gone 40-24 over that stretch while averaging over 24 points per game. The postseason success has yet to come, but the hope is that a coaching change will help catapult this talented group to new heights.

Defensively, Smith was a big roll of the dice. He’s paid off in some respects but his impact against the pass isn’t where it would need to be for him to be considered an all-time steal. Instead, he’s a strong starter and a complimentary piece to the standouts of this draft in Prescott and Elliott.

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