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Cowboys news: Russell Wilson enters the Cowboys conversation

One tweet set Cowboys news on fire.

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Everybody wants to come to Dallas.
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One word in one tweet, and things just got out of hand.

Cowboys a preferred trade destinations for Russell Wilson - Chris Emma, 105.3 The Fan
It's like the swallows coming back to Capistrano. Anytime a big-name NFL player is looking for a new destination, the Dallas Cowboys are mentioned as a possible destination.

The Cowboys are one of four teams that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson would be willing to be dealt to in a potential trade, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported Thursday afternoon.

Wilson hasn’t demanded a trade yet, his agent told Schefter, but he has publicly expressed his frustration with the organization. Wilson would consider trades to the Bears, Cowboys, Saints and Raiders, Schefter reported. Wilson has a no-trade clause, so he can dictate where he'd potentially be traded.

BREAKING: Seahawks QB Russell Wilson Lists Dallas Cowboys Among ‘Only’ Trade Destinations - Mike Fisher, SI Cowboys Maven
It all may be just another social media storm with no real impact. But for the Cowboys, and really the entire NFL, the 2021 offseason just keeps getting more and more chaotic.

“Frivolous” though it may be, not even with franchise quarterback at their highest commodity level ever, the QB Carousel is spinning wildly. maybe Aaron Rodgers started it with words, and then Matthew Stafford continued it with action ... and now…

It is clear, as of Thursday, that Wilson is openly campaigning for an exit. Via ESPN’s Adam Schefter: “Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson has not demanded a trade, his agent Mark Rodgers told ESPN. Wilson has told the Seahawks he wants to play in Seattle but, if a trade were considered, the only teams he would go to are the Cowboys, Saints, Raiders, Bears.”

Pick a big-name quarterback. He’s on the Carousel. And this big-name QB might want a seat on the Dallas horsey.

Russell Wilson has Dallas Cowboys on his future wish list | Clarence Hill, Jr, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
As much as the Wilson rumor triggered some of us, this bucket of cold water explains just how unlikely him landing in Dallas really is.

The Cowboys have a quarterback and they will not be distracted in their pursuit of a long-term deal with Dak Prescott by Wilson’s hypothetical wish list.

Prescott is the Cowboys’ quarterback, and the Cowboys are going to do everything in their power to keep Prescott as their quarterback.

And while Wilson has a Super Bowl title on his resume, Prescott’s career numbers are very comparable in the light.

And let’s not forget that Prescott’s lone playoff win came against Wilson and the Seahawks.

What’s also true is that logistics make the trade nearly impossible to happen.

3 Key Dates in Dak Prescott Contract Saga - John Williams, Inside the Star
The real goal for the Cowboys still is signing the franchise quarterback they already found. Getting Dak signed to a long-term deal is also about a lot more than just solidifying the QB position.

From March 15th to March 17th, teams can begin negotiating with outside free agents in the “legal tampering period.” Why is this important? Well, if the Cowboys have the franchise tag placed on Dak Prescott and that $37.7 million cap hold is in place, they’ll be in a tough spot to negotiate any deals with outside free agents.

Even if they restructured Amari Cooper and Zack Martin’s contracts, they’d still be hard-pressed to get under the salary cap by the start of the league year. If they want to have any hopes of negotiating with any potential additions, they need to have a long-term contract in place.

Keep or let walk? Beyond Dak Prescott, Cowboys face free-agent decisions - Todd Archer, Dallas Cowboys Blog- ESPN
Archer makes his prediction for what Dallas should do about every one of their free agents this year, including the key trio of cornerbacks.

Chidobe Awuzie, CB: He will do far better on the open market than many will believe even with four career interceptions. Awuzie's contract year was a disappointment in part because of a hamstring injury. The Cowboys' 2017 second-round pick, Awuzie has skill, but after four years, will it ever develop in Dallas? Cornerback figures to be a draft priority. Let walk.

C.J. Goodwin, CB: If special-teams coordinator John Fassel has a vote, then Goodwin, 31, will be back. He is the Cowboys' best cover guy on special teams, and he might be the fastest player on the roster. How much does that cost? Probably looking at a one-year deal that makes it manageable under the cap. Keep him.

Jourdan Lewis, CB: He plays a valuable position in the slot. The ball tends to find Lewis, in good and bad ways. Like Awuzie, he has four career picks, but he is a decent blitzer off the edge. The Cowboys kept Anthony Brown last year on a three-year deal for $15 million. That might be a similar range for Lewis. Keep him.

Progress Report: Spotlight Now Bright On CB Diggs - Nick Eatman,
One factor influencing Archer’s predictions: While he definitely had some rookie hiccups, Trevon Diggs certainly displayed some important upside his first season.

What comes next for Diggs comes down to finding out what level he's able to reach in the next few years. His rookie season laid the kind of foundation that you might see from one of the league's elite cornerbacks, but he certainly isn't there yet. Quarterbacks weren't able to throw at him at a particularly effective rate, but the number of big plays that he did give up seemed to encourage them to try. But those big plays cut both ways, and Diggs managed to make a few of his own. His three interceptions were the product of the enticing ball skills that he clearly possesses. Cowboys fans had been begging for the players in the secondary to generate actual turnovers, and Diggs looks poised to be the answer to their prayers.

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