NFC Notes: Cowboys, Compton, Fales

When announcing the new extension for linebacker Jaylon Smith at a press conference today, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sent a clear message to a few other high-profile players who are eligible for extensions. Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic, “[t]he team takes precedent at a point over the opinion or the demand of the individual. The team takes precedent. This was a team move we are talking about today. The team takes precedent. And I’ve got the backbone to keep it that way” (Twitter link).

Obviously, that statement suggests that Jones is going to hold firm on the offers that have been extended to Ezekiel ElliottDak Prescott, and Amari Cooper, and as we detailed earlier today, Smith’s extension looks relatively team-friendly. Jones did say that there is “enough pie left” to get deals done with all of them, though he did not have an update on negotiations with the trio.

Let’s check out more from the NFC:

  • Free agent linebacker Will Compton will work out for the Saints, as John Keim of ESPN.com tweets. Compton, who played for the Redskins from 2013-17, was a full-time starter as recently as 2016. However, his 2017 campaign was marred by injury, and he played only 79 defensive snaps for the Titans last year in his first and only season in Tennessee. He would provide experienced LB depth in New Orleans, and he could also contribute on special teams.
  • Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press examines the Lions‘ backup QB situation, noting that presumptive QB2 Tom Savage missed his seventh straight practice on Tuesday (Savage is in the concussion protocol). That has meant more reps for David Fales and Josh Johnson, but Birkett says the Lions are unlikely to carry three QBs. So if Savage cannot be medically cleared by next Saturday, he could be cut. Fales looked sharp in the team’s last preseason game while Johnson struggled, so Fales may have a leg up if Savage can’t get healthy.
  • The 49ers fear that rookie wide receiver Shawn Poindexter suffered a torn ACL in Monday’s preseason win, as Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area writes. Poindexter, a UDFA from Arizona, appeared to be a prime practice squad candidate, and the club has already signed WR/KR Chris Thompson to take Poindexter’s place on the 90-man roster.
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  1. TheTruth12

    I genuinely hope when the Cowboys are games under .500 and behind the Eagles Jerry calls Zeke and Zeke hits him with Jerry who?

    • Z-A

      What is Zeke going to do? Not play for 2 years? They own his rights for at least 2 years, 3 if they franchise tag him.

      • dmarcus15

        And if he doesn’t play his contract stays the same if I’m Dallas I’m on the phone with Buffalo or another cellar dweller and unload him.

        • hmrapp

          Buffalo won’t be a bottom dweller this year. Maybe Singletary pans out for them, also wondering if TJ can turn his career around in Buffalo. They don’t need an ego like Zeke.

      • sportznut1000

        yeah thats the difference between this and leveon. zeke will sign. maybe he holds out until that cutoff which is around week 8 i believe but he will sign. otherwise he would have to hold out at least 2 years i believe. thats a lot of money to leave on the table in the hopes of getting a bigger contract

  2. Z-A

    Cowboys said they were making offers to key players to pay them within Top-5 positionally.

    Dak is not a Top-5 QB. Top-15 to 20.

    Zeke is the Top RB. But he is also an idiot and giving him guaranteed money is a risk. If he can’t stay out of trouble on a rookie deal, what will he do when he’s on a 50-60M guaranteed money deal?

    Cooper is not a Top-5 WR. Top 25, sure.

    • mcdusty49

      THE top? That’s debatable…but he is a top 5 back for sure…problem is, running backs are just not a position that is invested in very much because once the hit a certain amount of mileage they are ushered out of town for the next shiny new toy…I think Zeke will get paid but it will be in another uniform and it might not be until next season like Bell.

      • Z-A

        Who is the Top RB then? Barkley is the only one in the conversation. Gurley’s lower body is questionable. Gordon is bout to sit out. Bell hasn’t played in 18 months.

    • ziggy13

      the thing I keep hearing with Zeke about not paying him is the off field stuff. don’t guarantees on contracts void if a player is suspended?

  3. rscharper63

    What’s funny is Elliot is showing teams exactly why four teams passed him in the draft in the first round. No one wants drama in the locker room besides the cowboys and raiders.

    • crosseyedlemon

      What’s funny is owners saying they don’t want drama in the locker room while they allow plenty of it to exist in the front office.

    • AndyMeyer

      3 teams picked ahead of the Cowboys with 2 of those teams selecting quarterbacks

    • Goff, Wentz, Bosa, Ghost player, Zeke?

      No teams passed on him, unless the ghost team between pick 3 & 4 did.

  4. kevin

    so anyone click on chris Thompson link? cuz the link takes u to the Washington RB that looks to still be on Washington lol and he’s a RB not a WR . lol

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