Cowboys’ Jerry Jones On Elliott, Linehan

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is determined to hammer out new deals with running back Ezekiel Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott, edge rusher Demarcus Lawrence, and cornerback Byron Jones. However, he’s stopping short of any guarantees on those fronts. 

I want him in the short-term and the long-term,” Jones said of Prescott in a radio interview (Twitter link via Jon Machota of the Dallas News).

He expressed the same sentiment about Elliott, Lawrence, and Jones while tempering expectations.

Now, getting [those contracts done]…hell, I want a bigger boat,” said Jones.

This was an up-and-down year for Prescott, but the Cowboys seem committed to moving forward with the 25-year-old (26 in July). As it stands, they have the former fifth-round pick under contract for an $816K cap figure through 2019, which should work to the team’s advantage – given his relative lack of earnings to date, Prescott may take the security of a below-market long-term deal over the gamble of free agency next year.

New deals for Elliott and Lawrence will be expensive propositions, but the Cowboys are planning to devote a big chunk of their $54MM+ in cap space towards keeping the band together.

Later in the interview, Jones declined to give offensive coordinator Scott Linehan a vote of confidence.

This is the time when these things are thought about,” Jones said when pressed on Linehan’s future (Twitter link). “This is the time when you may see an opportunity next week that you didn’t know existed next week, in the area of personnel or the area of coaching.”

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    • of9376

      I don’t think so. I’m going to guess somewhere around 6 years-100-115 Million with 60-70 Million guaranteed.

      • I give no fox

        There is no way he signs for less than 20/year. You are looking at more like 6/150 wit

        • I give no fox

          Outside of rookies, there are only 4 QBs making less than 20/season, tannehill at 19, Keenum at 18, bortles at 17.5 and dalton at 16.

            • ziggy13

              Tannehill and Daltons deals are each several years old at this point, Bortles is the worst starter in the league who’s gotten an extension and Keenum is a career journeyman. Prescott is better than all of them and if you want to argue he’s got a similar skill set you need to acknowledge that some of these guys got just under 20 million several years ago and the ones that got then recently don’t have multiple seasons of solid play like he does. Prescott is not a top 10 QB but he’s still gonna be making in the ballpark of 25 million per year, maybe a 5 year 110-115 million is the cheapest he gets

  1. sidewinder11

    Dallas’ window may be closing quick if they can’t capitalize on the cheap rookie deals for Prescott, Elliott and others. Once those guys get expensive, other holes on the roster will be exposed

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Does Jerry really need a bigger boat to sail the Cowboys into a perfect storm?

  3. Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

    I do agree with the above that Duk is on par with the Dalton’s/Keenum’s/Tannehill of the NFL world. They all have shortcomings but are just good enough to keep their jobs (for the most part) for years because their franchises are afraid to play musical QB’s. The thing Dallas needs to avoid is giving him a 6-7 year deal, or Dallas may be put in a situation like Detroit where you’re stuck with a QB you’d like to move on from but can’t because of cap implications. Dallas is in a though spot, it would cost way too much to franchise Duk, but I don’t believe he’s earned the right to get paid 25M per season either. Hopefully Jerrah wises up and let’s his rookie deal play out… but he’s Jerrah.

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