While the NFL awaits a players’ vote of the new CBA, the Dallas Cowboys are increasing their contract talks. With the NFL extending the franchise tag deadline to Monday, March 16th, time is ticking. Deadlines do make deals come together. It appears The Star will be a source of headlines over the next week or so.
New timeline for the NFL week ahead:
Saturday, 11:59 p.m.: Players' vote on proposed CBA ends
Monday, 11:59:59 a.m.: Franchise/transition tag deadline
Monday, noon: Negotiating window opens
Wednesday 3/18, 4 p.m.: League year and free agency begin
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 10, 2020
Franchise Tag Candidates:
While Dak Prescott is the priority for Dallas, Amari Cooper has taken the lead in contract negotiations with the team. A looming CBA agreement removes the option of tagging both Prescott and Cooper. Therefore, Dallas is working to get both deals done. Over the last few days, details surrounding contract negotiations with Prescott have leaked. The specifics regarding the length of the deal still need to be ironed out. However, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Prescott gets franchise tagged, to buy the team time to negotiate. To franchise Prescott, the team will be extra motivated to get a deal done with Amari Cooper, to avoid him hitting the open market. However, Cooper is still a tag candidate if a contract can be agreed to with Prescott.
Other Contract Negotiations:
Although Prescott and Cooper are among the bigger free agents, this doesn’t mean the team isn’t busy with other contracts. Reports have said the team is in contract talks with at least six of their free agents. With bigger name players like Robert Quinn and Byron Jones hitting the market, the team has some work to do. If agreements can’t be reached with these players, look for the team to focus on adding depth to the roster. Players such as Jeff Heath, Maliek Collins, Randall Cobb and Blake Jarwin were key contributors to the team in 2019. To contribute in 2020, Dallas will be busy making sure they can come to an agreement with these players in the coming week.
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