Cowboys Top-5 Offers To Zeke, Dak And Amari: No More Low-Ball Talk

Mike Fisher
August 06, 2019 - 10:11 am

OXNARD (105.3 THE FAN) - Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones continues to play "Jerry Poppins'' when it comes to his rosy outlook on contract extension plans for Ezekiel Elliott, Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper.

"You just know, like so many things, it will happen,'' Jerry said. "The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys. That always happens when it's that good for both (sides).''

The foundation for Jones' optimism here, though, is sound. The Cowboys believe they've made what we'll call "generous'' offers on Zeke, Dak and Amari. I believe the offers haven't moved from when, 10 days ago, COO Stephen Jones termed them "solid'' -- so "solid'' has morphed into "generous.'' 

But I do believe they are "generous'' enough to place each player in a top-five-paid slot at his respective position. And I do think the Joneses are prepared to increase those offers ... as soon as the agents pick up the phones.

If I'm right there, we all should quit accusing Dallas of low-balling here.

In the meantime, "hard-ball'' rumors persist. There is the notion that Dallas can, if none of the fellas agree to extensions, move throughout the season with all three on their existing deals, playing in show-me form. But Dallas doesn't at all want that to happen, preferring to have a trio of happy campers here.

There is also the notion that in Zeke's case, he might sit out the entire season. Nobody in the Dallas camp believes this; it certainly sounds like an empty threat floated from Elliott's representatives through ESPN.

 It's been theorized by some in the media (mostly media members who have never attended a Cowboys camp and never met Jerry Jones) that Zeke is "creating a sense of urgency'' meant to upset the owner -- a game of Chicken, if you will. Those people fail to understand that Jones has been doing deals for 30 years in the NFL, and for almost 60 years as a man now worth about $5 billion. Games of Chicken are "normal'' for him. "Tumult'' is "normal'' for him. What he humorously called "dangling participles'' -- meaning the loose ends of countless deals that are ever-present because this man is in the middle of so many of them -- is what he thrives on.

"This,'' Jerry said of a life of deals and deadlines and deadlines making deals, "is the air that we breathe.''