APRIL 28: The Cowboys have formally exercised Frederick’s 2017 option, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, who adds that the team would like to lock up the standout center to a long-term contract at some point.
APRIL 21: The Cowboys will exercise their fifth-year option on center Travis Frederick in the next few days, sources tell David Moore of The Dallas Morning News. The move has been expected and does not come as a surprise.
Frederick has started every game at center since the Cowboys took him in the first round of the 2013 draft. Once Dallas locks him down through the 2017 season with the option, they’ll likely start discussing a long-term pact with him.
Frederick’s rookie deal was a four-year, $6.87MM contract, as prescribed by his draft slot. This year, he’ll make $1.34MM before jumping up to $8.821MM in 2017. Dallas will presumably try to smooth out that cap hit in ’17 while giving him more long-term security on a multi-year pact.
The Cowboys have until May 2nd to exercise the option, but they feel that they don’t need to take their time to deliberate. The center, who has started 48 consecutive games, has earned two Pro Bowl nods and has been named second team All-Pro in each of the last two seasons.
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