Latest On Cowboys’ Pending FAs, Jason Garrett

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Cowboys have made no progress on extensions for pending free agents Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, or Byron Jones, as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes. La Canfora had a similar report towards the end of October, and nothing has changed since then.

Dallas, obviously, is not going to let Prescott get away, and even if the two sides cannot work out a long-term pact prior to the deadline for using the franchise tag, the Cowboys would tag their signal-caller to buy themselves some more time. That would mean that the Cowboys could not tag Cooper, and La Canfora’s sources say the odds of the team retaining Cooper without the tag are slim. Plus, given that we are now close to the end of the season, Cooper is not inclined to forego his shot at the open market by restarting extension negotiations.

La Canfora adds that there has been no communication between the Cowboys and Jones, and no talks are expected before the end of the season. With Jones, like Cooper, poised for a big payday, it seems increasingly likely that the team will lose both players.

With respect to Jason Garrett, we have already heard that the Cowboys will not be firing their head coach before the end of the season, but we also heard that Garrett may need to capture the Lombardi Trophy in order to remain in Dallas beyond 2019, and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network confirms earlier rumors that the Cowboys will have interest in Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley if they elect to move on from Garrett (video link). Owner Jerry Jones and his family already have a relationship with Riley stemming from Riley’s recruitment of Jones’ grandson, John Stephen Jones, who ultimately elected to play his collegiate ball at Arkansas.

Riley has been a hot name in NFL coaching rumors in the past, and if he elects to jump to the professional ranks, Rapoport suggests the Cowboys could be appealing to him.

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  1. highplainsdriftr

    Everyone rips Gruden, but I get the sense the Raiders knew Cooper was going to try and get a record contract before he went to Dallas and went off. Now he deserves one. With a team like SF with a ton of cap room, or Miami for a Florida kid and no income tax, there could be a serious market for him. He’s only like 25 too, came into the league real young. Too bad Garrett wasted this year

    • crosseyedlemon

      So I should stop ripping Chucky because he has figured out that talented players will seek the best financial deal they can get? Sorry, but your going to have to do better than that to convince me he’s an Einstein.

      • highplainsdriftr

        Lol. Wasn’t trying to convince you he’s and Einstein. Sorry you have a vendetta. Just saying the trade seems reasonable when you consider that Cooper was going to need the big payday before the Raiders had their act together. What is he resigns Cooper and brings him to Vegas? Will you quit your online crying then?

    • Dac

      Amari ain’t going anywhere!! He’ll be in Dallas for a long time!! Jerry will not let him walk in free agency!! He’s the best player on the team!! And Jerry gave up a first round pick for him, he’s not gonna do that just to let him walk a season and a half later!! That wouldn’t make a bit of sense!! That would pretty much be a waste of a first round pick!! Amari will get paid….. I guarantee it!!

  2. of9376

    Byron Jones is over hyped. I wouldn’t pay him like a #1. No interceptions since 2017 and only 2 for his career.

    Sign Amari.

      • Natergater77

        Curious what the throw rate is to Jones side during that tenure. I see INT as a overrated stat when some of the best DBs don’t get opportunities, because they cover so well.

        Not saying Jones is a 1 but don’t discount him either based on one stat

  3. Dac

    Your wrong about the cowboys only having 1 tag!! They have the franchise tag and they have the transition tag!! And they’ll use both of them on Dak and Amari if they can’t get a deal done with them!! The only one that mite not get signed is Byron Jones, and the way he’s been getting beat lately it wouldn’t hurt us a bit if we let him walk in free agency!! him not getting any interceptions is not that big of a deal, but now that he’s been targeted every game and getting beat a lot lately, he’s not worth a big contract!! But Dak and Amari, they’re too good for us to just let walk in free agency!! Both of them will be signed to long term deals eventually!! Especially Amari!! Dak on the other hand is not worth what he’s asking!! He’s worth maybe top 5 money maybe more than Wentz and Goff, but he’s not worth the $40 million he’s asking for!!

    • crosseyedlemon

      It depends on the length of the contract extension, but if Dak is worth top 5 money now, what would suggest he wouldn’t be worth top 5 money 3,4 or 5 years down the road? $40M could well be the going rate for a top 5 QB then.

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