Jerry Jones expects Duck to stay with the Cowboys “for a long time”
Todd ArcherESPN staff writer3 minutes to read
FRISCO, TX — Since training camp began, the Dallas Cowboys have signed right linebacker Trayvon Diggs, safety Malik Hooker, right tackle Terrence Steele to extensions and contract reworked right guard Zack Martin, and still want to work on deals with quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.
Prescott and Lamb are under contract through 2024 and Prescott is set to count $59.4 million toward the salary cap next year.
“These kinds of numbers, especially the big ones, are constantly living with them. And that’s always on your mind,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said on Dallas’ 105.3 The Fan show on Tuesday. “There’s no time for that problem to go away because you have to make the whole thing fit. And so it’s in your mind about the player’s decision in the middle of the year. It’s just a key thing. We expect Dak to be with us.” And yes, we will always work around this problem by using as many number schemes as possible.”
Jones has consistently expressed his desire to sign Prescott to an extension, but getting one completed would actually chew through the salary cap this year. In 2024, Prescott is set to earn $29 million in salary and has a bonus of $5 million on the list.
The Cowboys have placed a fifth-year option on Lamb for 2024 at a cost of $17.99 million, but this season they are in talks with his agent about an extension that would see him among the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.
In the past, some players have used the first week of the season as a deadline of sorts for wanting to close a deal. It’s not clear if any of the players would have said such a thing to the Cowboys, but Jones said the team would be willing to allow talks to continue into the season.
“And this may be the best time for them to get to the point where they can make a decision,” Jones said. “I all, I know, have times when I wake up and feel like shutting up something that might be a loose end. If I had the chance to, well, I would. That should sound resilient because it is. It’s the touching part. Of course, a real-life situation.” What we’re dealing with is injury, we’re dealing with valuation and downsizing of talent. It goes up and down. It happens right there in front of your eyes. It can happen during the season, so the way you start the season is not the way you end the season with a short-term and long-term look as well.