The Dallas Cowboys have started negotiations for a contract extension for quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper, Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan (via Pro Football Talk).
“Certainly if there are opportunities there that make sense, then we’ll progress,” Jones said.
“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.”
“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.
“So, yeah, those are guys who are going to make those type of (salary) 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.”
Cowboys Progressing in Contract Talks with Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper
A potential new deal for Prescott could clock in around $30 million annually, but the Cowboys seem to be okay with that figure.
A new contract for Cooper could come in no less than $16 million per year, and Cooper is still under contract for the 2019 season, via the fifth year option, at $13.92 million
Cowboys’ Sean Lee to Start in 2019
Dallas Cowboys veteran linebacker Sean Lee may be behind the likes of Leighton Vander Esch and Jaylon Smith on the depth chart, but he is still expected to start for Dallas during the 2019 season.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence E. Hill Jr., while Lee is expected to backup Vander Esch at weakside linebacker and Smith at middle linebacker at times, he will start as the Cowboys’ strongside linebacker in 2019.
Lee starting in that position allows him to take over for Damien Wilson, who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs during free agency this offseason.
While Lee, who took a significant paycut to return to Dallas this offseason, won’t see as much playing time in that role, it is still a starting job.
Cowboys’ Amari Cooper Not Worried About New Contract
When it comes to ironing out a new contract with the Dallas Cowboys, wide receiver Amari Cooper is focusing on earning the new deal with his play on the field.
Cooper is currently slated to make $13.9 million this upcoming season, and the Cowboys are making it a priority to work out a new deal with Cooper.
“It’s kind of weird situation, just being that I’ve never been in this situation before, talking about a contract,” Cooper said, during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas News.
“But also, I’m under a fifth-year option, so I’m not too familiar with it. I really don’t ask my agent many questions. I’m not really worried about it that much.
“I’m more focused on actually playing and really earning the respect and then the contract.”
Cooper hauled in 53 receptions for 725 yards and six touchdowns last season for the Cowboys.
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