Cowboys having “pretty active discussions” with Prescott, Cooper

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The Cowboys have one long-term deal done with more to go. With defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence out of the way, the Cowboys have started work on the contracts of receiver Amari Cooper and quarterback Dak Prescott.

“Yeah, we’re always open to looking at things,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. “Certainly if there are opportunities there that make sense, then we’ll progress. I think pretty much everybody’s on it pretty good that there’s some pretty active discussions now with Dak and Amari, but it doesn’t mean that some can’t pick up in short order with other players that we have on our roster that we certainly want to keep here in Dallas and have them remain Cowboys in the future.”

The quarterback market has gone crazy in two years, and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson set a new bar early Tuesday morning. Wilson now is the league’s highest-paid player, with a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus.

Jones was quick to point out that Wilson and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose contract averages $33.5 million per season, both have won a Super Bowl.

Prescott is 32-16 in the regular season in his career but 1-2 in the postseason and has never gone beyond the divisional round. But then, Matthew Stafford ($27 million per year), Jimmy Garoppolo ($27.5 million), Kirk Cousins ($28 million), Matt Ryan ($30 million) and Andrew Luck ($24.6 million) also have never won a Super Bowl as a starter.

Jones said last week that Prescott’s deal must be “team friendly” to maintain a competitive roster around him, and Jones repeated that Tuesday.

“You’re talking about two guys there who, between Rodgers and Russell Wilson, have won Super Bowls that have had success year in and year out taking their teams to the playoffs,” Jones said. “Russell, both of them have been to a couple of Super Bowls, or at least I know Russell has been. So, yeah, those are guys who are going to make those type of jumps. But I’m not concerned. I think at the end of the day if there’s any position that has to keep an eye out, not only for the themselves, but they have to keep an eye out on their team in terms of how much cap space they take up, these quarterbacks are those guys because, at the end of the day, they’re going to make a lot of money. The bigger for them in terms of their career and what they’re all about is how much did they win, how many Super Bowl rings do they have on their fingers, those are all huge deals. And they know if at some point they take up too much cap space at the end of the day, then it can hurt their chances in terms of winning.”

36 responses to “Cowboys having “pretty active discussions” with Prescott, Cooper

  1. So is Jerry saying that Dak is not a Superbowl level QB, if that is the case then they should cut him right now, I am sure they can easily find another NFL QB that can win them a Superbowl this year.

    Market value for Dak, which is going up every day, is the same as Cousins, if Jerry won’t pay some team that is desperate for a chance at a QB that at least wins game someone will. Cooper’s market value, thanks to Jerry showing that he is 1st round talent, should be similar to Watkins at around $17 million. The other way Jerry can have a player take a “team friendly” deal is the fully guarantee a 4 or 5 year contract. If I was Dak’s agent I would tell Jerry either $125 5 year fully guaranteed or a 5 year $140 million with at least $90 million guaranteed at signing.

  2. Why not do a four extention starting this year for 25mil per year 100% guarantee? I think he’ll sign it. Or he can get 600k this year and 25/30mil next 2years under tag, which equates to 55.6 mil for three years.

  3. Other QBs that scheduled to be free agents next year:

    Phillip Rivers
    Marcus Mariota
    Jameis Winston
    Carson Wentz
    Jared Goff

    If you are going to pay $$$ go for one of those guys.

  4. What other team would sign Prescott? Offhand I can’t think of a single one.

    Dallas is in an odd spot – with a QB who’s had some success but I don’t think has really convinced anyone. One can say he’s done better W-L-wise than Cousins and Garoppolo, but I don’t know who would choose Prescott over those guys.

  5. Dak isn’t good enough at his position to warrant top tier money.

    Zeke is good enough at his position, but the position itself doesn’t warrant breaking the bank.

  6. Cowboys have had success with retaining their own because they have eliminated paying any big ticket FAs. I have full confidence that within the next year Zeke, Dak, Byron and Amari will be signed long term.

  7. bobmillion says:
    April 16, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    So is Jerry saying that Dak is not a Superbowl level QB, if that is the case then they should cut him right now, I am sure they can easily find another NFL QB that can win them a Superbowl this year.
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    The only quotes in the article were from STEPHEN Jones. Sure the hierarchy in Dallas is different than on most teams and no one knows exactly how the revised flow chart at the Star looks now, but Jerry isn’t ‘saying’ anything here.

  8. Romo carried the team. The team carries Dak. No way he is hitting the 20 million a year marker. Hit FA, NO ONE is going to offer big money. Finish the season and let him hit the market. Our 3rd string qb White has a bigger arm than Dak.

  9. The Cowboys would be doing the Eagles a favor by signing Prescott to an extension. Then all Howie Roseman would have to do is pay Wentz a little bit more and it would be a done deal.

  10. So is Jerry saying that Dak is not a Superbowl level QB
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    Um. No, man. If he thought that then Dak wouldn’t be his quarterback.

  11. steves11 says:
    April 16, 2019 at 6:25 pm
    The Cowboys would be doing the Eagles a favor by signing Prescott to an extension. Then all Howie Roseman would have to do is pay Wentz a little bit more and it would be a done deal.
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    Wentz. The quarterback made of glass.

  12. I cannot wait for the Cowboys to overpay for their gimmick QB, Dakota, who has twice visited and lost in the playoffs. This QB is so ineffective that he is worth the price of a Big Mac. And he is one leg injury from being absolutely awful.

  13. I heard dak said he needs more than 35 mil per year because he’s not married to Ciara and doesn’t have a wife that make that much money.

  14. Jerry is correct. Dak Prescott is a great QB, but let’s put another Lombardi in the trophy case before we spend ourselves out of contention. Put 2 Lombardi’s in there and Jerry will make Russell Wilson’s contact look like chump change. Jerry has no problem rewarding super bowl winning QBs. You do your part, he’ll do his. I believe Prescott can deliver. The Cowboys are putting a good roster together.

  15. Michael E says:
    April 16, 2019 at 6:54 pm
    steves11 says:
    April 16, 2019 at 6:25 pm
    The Cowboys would be doing the Eagles a favor by signing Prescott to an extension. Then all Howie Roseman would have to do is pay Wentz a little bit more and it would be a done deal.
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    Wentz. The quarterback made of glass.

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    Would you trade Prescott for Wentz? Thought so.

  16. The Boys and the Jones’ are in a tough spot. Way overpaid the EDGE position , overpaid and need to re do the WR( Cooper), DAK wants to be paid like a top franchise QB and the guy who deserves the cash ( Zeke) is due a new deal! There’s only so much cash to go around, let alone trying to pay for a serviceable support group of 40 + players. Something has got to give. Paying those four top dollar will set the team back for years, unless you think you can win it all now! I like America’s Team but don’t see them near the finals this year!

  17. bobmillion says:
    April 16, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    “If I was Dak’s agent I would tell Jerry either $125 5 year fully guaranteed or a 5 year $140 million with at least $90 million guaranteed at signing.”

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    If I were Dak’s agent I would take whatever I got. He isn’t that good. Never will be. Seriously? Paid higher than Wilson? nothing he has done has ever justified any of that. PFF…above average at best.

  18. So in other words what Jone is saying is my QB isn’t that good and also needs to take a “team friendly deal” to get a contract. That should do wonders for Dak’s confidence.

  19. I think it is hilarious that everybody thinks the Cowboys are going to be in cap hell after paying anybody. They are negotiating contracts. Jerry is a great business man and will work out deals that won’t hurt the team as a whole. Also, please stop with the “they have to pay Zeke too” comments! No they don’t. He is still under contract and has not said anything about wanting, needing, or holding out until he gets an extension.

  20. Other QBs that scheduled to be free agents next year:

    Phillip Rivers
    Marcus Mariota
    Jameis Winston
    Carson Wentz
    Jared Goff

    If you are going to pay $$$ go for one of those guys.
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    Rivers will be 38, and SD ain’t letting him walk.
    Mariota has a career losing record, and hasn’t played a full season yet.
    Jameis Winston has regressed since his 2nd season, and was outplayed by Ryan Fitz-magic.
    Carson Wentz is even more injury-prone than Marcus Mariota.
    Goff is young and has shown the team can go far with him – Rams ain’t letting him walk.

  21. Cowboys have had success with retaining their own because they have eliminated paying any big ticket FAs. I have full confidence that within the next year Zeke, Dak, Byron and Amari will be signed long term.
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    Don’t know why this received as many thumbs down and thumbs up. Dallas has moved away from signing big-name (and expensive free agents), and because of that, they have almost $90 million in cap room for 2020.

  22. Ya paying your De end and Dak and cooper should wipe out the cap for the cowboys.The cowboys will have a tuff time paying Elliot what he is worth
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    Just checked a minute ago – $84 million under the cap for 2020. They have room.

    But thanks for your concern.

  23. Zeke is the “cog”, presently, that makes this engine run! He had better get his payday and soon! Hopefully, Dak will improve on his accuracy, getting the ball out faster, and seeing the entire field more quickly, during this offseason…..

  24. Cant wait to see Dad get 25-30 million year and then its adios to the Boyz playoff hopes. Middle of the pack QB that flashes from time to time but in no way is upper echelon

  25. You can take it to the bank…..Jerry will greatly over pay for Dak and the Cowboys will win a couple playoff games and in the end all of the great defensive talent will be squandered.

  26. @ bobmillion,
    “So is Jerry saying that Dak is not a Superbowl level QB, if that is the case then they should cut him right now, I am sure they can easily find another NFL QB that can win them a Superbowl this year”.

    Jerry isn’t saying anything. Stephen is who was quoted. Please try again.

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