There is a contract mess with the Cowboys

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They have contractual messes with three of their key players: quarterback Dak Prescott, receiver CeeDee Lamb, and Micah Parsons.
And they’ve shown no inclination to do anything other than delay, delay, and delay.
By not offering him a fair contract after his third season as a fourth-round, Day 1 starter, the Cowboys tabled the matter until after his four-year deal expired.
Then, they used the franchise tag and didn’t sign him to a long-term deal before the mid-July deadline, delaying the issue again.
Now, they seem content to let him finish the contract and hit the market in 2025.
Why not take 15 or 20 minutes and cobble together something that pushes back on the comments about Parsons?
And it raises questions about whether the Cowboys truly know how to manage, and mollify, star players in the salary cap/free agency era.
They did it with Dak, they’re doing it with Lamb, and it could be coming with Parsons.

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Indeed, “Yeah, here we go.”.

During the offseason, the Cowboys have garnered most of the attention when they (1) declared their intention to play in 2024 and (2) did nothing to support that claim. This contradiction has served to hide the team’s much more serious issue, which may be preventing them from making a full commitment.

Three of their best players, Micah Parsons, CeeDee Lamb, and quarterback Dak Prescott, are mired in contract disputes. Additionally, they haven’t demonstrated any desire to act other than to continually postpone.

Their current predicament with Prescott stemmed from that. The Cowboys put the issue on hold until after his four-year contract expired by failing to offer him a fair contract following his third season as a fourth-round, Day 1 starter. Then, they again postponed the problem by using the franchise tag and failing to sign him to a long-term contract before the deadline in mid-July. The Cowboys panicked and gave Prescott a four-year, $160 million contract that guaranteed he’d reach free agency without an extension when faced with the application of a second tag and no chance to punt for another year (for his third tag, he would have gotten a 44-percent raise over his second tag).

They now appear happy to allow him to complete the deal and enter the market in 2025. In essence, he’ll be the Kirk Cousins of the following year.

During negotiations to extend the contract last year and this year, the Cowboys appeared to be counting on the fact that no other team would give him the compensation he has been demanding. Additionally, it appears as though they are daring him to leave, thinking that the allure of playing for the Cowboys, with its associated marketing and post-career opportunities, will persuade him to accept their best offer, whatever it may be.

The Cowboys are forced to take this calculated risk because they put themselves in a difficult situation by waiting too long to commit to Dak.

With Lamb, they are taking the same approach. He has a fifth-year option worth $17.99 million and two franchise tags remaining when he squats on him four years into his 2020 first-round contract. However, they are only increasing the cost of the final contract by waiting. especially when other receivers receive their second contracts, such as Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson.

By holding off, the Cowboys may find themselves in a similar predicament as before, perhaps forcing them to let Lamb walk free and never offer him another multi-year contract.

Parsons is another. Some believe the team planted the story that his act is “wearing thin” on the team’s flagship radio station in an attempt to get him to want less. Given the semblance of legitimacy the Cowboys’ relationship with 105.3 The Fan carries, if that’s not the case—and we think it isn’t—the team should probably figure out a way to publicly refute the assertion.

Lamb’s comments were twisted to suggest that he won’t boycott offseason workouts, and the Cowboys had no qualms about posting it on their official website. How about spending fifteen or twenty minutes crafting a response to the remarks made about Parsons?

All things considered, this is an odd situation. Furthermore, it calls into question the Cowboys’ ability to effectively manage and appease elite players in the age of salary caps and free agency.

They had a team that was established and kept together in the early days of free agency during their final championship run. Since then, they haven’t assembled a championship roster. Their present attempts to do so have been hampered by foolish postponements in compensating their finest young players.

They’ve already done it with Dak, Lamb, and possibly Parsons as well.

The TWENTY-NINE YEARS between NFC Championship appearances show that, despite Jerry and Stephen Jones’ best efforts to maintain the team’s prominence, success, and commercial value, they have not been able to assemble a roster that can perform well on the field.

According to what was said on Tuesday’s PFT Live, the Jones, for all their accomplishments, appear to be three things when it comes to managing young players effectively: (1) cheap; (2) short-sighted; and (3) not as intelligent as they believe they are. With all due respect. Furthermore, it prevents the Cowboys from playing to their full potential.

That is the reason for your anger, Cowboys supporters. Don’t get upset with the players for requesting equitable contracts. Remain calm and don’t take offense at the media for highlighting the problems. You should be angry at the Cowboys because they appear to believe that being a member of the team has some intrinsic worth and that players should gladly accept less.

That is an ineffective tactic. Nor do they appear to be prepared to acknowledge it.

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