Giving a big contract extension to defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence was just a beginning of an impending spending spree for Dallas Cowboys. The team is now looking to extend quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper in order to keep their core intact and have a competitive roster for years to come.
Cowboys’ executive vice president Stephen Jones recently made an appearance on 105.3 The Fan and discussed Prescott and Cooper’s contract extensions saying that the organization has “active discussions” about the matter with their two stars.
“Yeah, we’re always open to looking at things,” – said Jones. “Certainly if there are opportunities there that make sense, then we’ll progress. 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.”
Both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are currently entering the final years of their rookie contracts which makes the matter more urgent for Dallas. Re-signing Cooper, who will earn $13.924 million in 2019, might not be such a difficult since Cowboys expect him to ask for a contract that carries a similar yearly value. Talks with Prescott, on the other hand, might be more troublesome.
Given the fact that Prescott was a fourth-round pick, he was making a lot less than a usual starting QB in NFL and is set to earn just around $2 million in 2019. This makes it likely for him to ask for a huge deal in order to make up for the difference. Cowboys, on the other hand, are not sure they are ready to invest such money in a quarterback that got them to just one playoff win in three seasons. One thing is for sure, however; both parties are in for long negotiations.