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ESPN Says the Cowboys Should Shut Down Talks of Ezekiel Elliott’s Extension After the Latest Drama

Stephen A. Smith reacts to Ezekiel Elliott being handcuffed at a Las Vegas music festival. Stephen A. suggests Jerry Jones and the Cowboys “stall negotiations” on Zeke’s potential contract extension to teach him a lesson.

ESPN: Cowboys Priority is Wrapping Up Prescott and Cooper, Not Elliott

Dan Graziano says the Cowboys’ priority is to complete deals with Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, while Ezekiel Elliott’s contract is not as pressing.

Cowboys Reportedly Begin Talks on a Deal with LB Jaylon Smith

The Cowboys have begun talks with linebacker Jaylon Smith — one no one outside of the organization saw coming, Patrick Walker of 247 Sports reports.

Smith is set to become a restricted free agent after 2019, meaning the Cowboys have the right to issue a tender that could be original round, second-round or first-round. Seeing as his original round is the second round — being the 34th-overall pick in 2016 — that leaves just two options, in reality.

There is a difference between those two tenders from a financial aspect, and we’ll get into that momentarily. Logic dictates they’d put a first-round tender on him, though, considering he was a consensus top-5 talent before suffering a catastrophic knee injury in the Fiesta Bowl nearly five months ahead of the draft.

Smith was told by many he’d never play football again, but the Cowboys’ medical staff didn’t agree, and rolled the dice on him. Following a redshirt rookie season, which is why he’d be an RFA in 2020, Smith had a mix of growing pains and awe-inspiring plays in his 2017 return to the field and debut in the NFL.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott Pays for Funeral for Eighth-Grade Football Player

A tragic death of a promising eighth-grade football player in St. Louis grabbed headlines around the country and the attention of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, who is now doing something special for the grieving family.

A source has confirmed to Herbie Teope of NFL.com that Elliott will pay for the funeral expenses of Jaylon McKenzie, who died after being struck by a stray bullet while leaving a party in Venice, Illinois last weekend.

The news of Elliott’s gesture was first reported by Justina Coronel of KSDK-TV in St. Louis.

“For him to reach out to me was unbelievable,” McKenzie’s mother, Sukeena Gunner, told the Star-Telegram. “Jaylen loved Ezekiel Elliott. He talked about him all the time. When Ezekiel was playing, he would sit in front of the TV. His eyes were glued to the TV, watching him. Just for him to reach out to me and help me in this difficult time leaves me speechless.”

McKenzie was previously featured by Sports Illustrated as one of the country’s six future stars in different sports. He played running back, receiver and defensive back at Mason-Clarke Middle School in East St. Louis.

Elliott has ties to the St. Louis area having played at John Burroughs School, a private prep school in Ladue, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.

Cowboys Chatting Contracts with QB Dak Prescott and WR Amari Cooper

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said the team is “off and running” in contract talks with quarterback Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper, and Jones also mentioned the desire to sign Ezekiel Elliott to an extension, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

The talks have been mostly preliminary so far without much back and forth, but the Cowboys have made it known that they want to keep all three for the long term.

Jones said he will have a word of caution for Prescott, Cooper and Elliott, just as he did for DeMarcus Lawrence before the two-time Pro Bowl defensive end signed a five-year, $105 million deal last month.

“As I told DeMarcus Lawrence, and I’ll tell all three of these guys: I’d love for you to max out and give you exactly what you want, because y’all have worked hard and you deserve to have a big contract. But if we want to put together the type of team we want to have with the Cowboys …” Jones said Wednesday at the team’s annual sponsor’s golf tournament at Cowboys Golf Club.

“That’s not their job. It’s not their job to manage the cap; I understand that. But it is my job and [owner Jerry Jones’] job, so they will understand why we’re negotiating hard to make the very best deal we can. Because the money, if we can talk them into not maxing out — doing well, but not maxed — then that allows us to have other good football players around them.”

Prescott and Cooper are in the final year of their contracts. Prescott, a fourth-round pick in 2016, is set to make a little more than $2 million in 2019. Cooper is set to make $13.9 million on the fifth-year option of his deal.

Contract extensions for both players figure to be at or near the top of the players at their position, with Prescott looking at roughly $30 million per season and Cooper anywhere from $16 million to $18 million.

Two weeks ago, the Cowboys picked up the 2020 option on Elliott’s contract at $9.09 million.

“Zeke, as we all know, he’s such an important player to this organization,” Stephen Jones said. “He’s a guy that we want to have here long term. The only reason you say, ‘Well, maybe he’s not at the front, front [of the list],’ is because he’s got this year, then he’s got another year at his tender.

“These things can take time. But Zeke’s every bit as important, and then you start going down the line, whether it’s a Byron Jones, a La’el Collins, and these guys coming up, Jaylon Smith. I mean these are all players that we’ll need to address at some point in time, and they’re all players that we’ve drafted, that we’ve developed, that we think are the right kind of guys that play our defense, play our offense the way we want to play. Certainly guys we want to keep. It’s a great problem to have because we do have good young football players, but it’s also a challenge.”

Jones hopes the players can see the bigger picture of what it means to play for the Cowboys now and for their futures, alluding to ex-players who have moved into television careers — Troy Aikman, Tony Romo, Michael Irvin, Deion Sanders, Daryl Johnston and Darren Woodson.

“You look at the TV booths, and you look at what these players do off the field,” Jones said. “If we can put Super Bowl rings on these guys, then they’ll be legends around this area for many, many, many years to come. What they give up a little bit in their contract, they should be able to invest in being a Cowboy and making our teams better.

Check out the Complete 2019 Dallas Cowboys Schedule

The 2019 NFL Schedule is out – and Cowboys fans you can start to look at what trips you want to take and days off as well!

Here it is – the complete 2019 Cowboys slate!

Sept. 8 New York Giants 4:25
Sept. 15 at Washington Redskins 1:00
Sept. 22 Miami Dolphins 1:00
Sept. 29 at New Orleans Saints 8:20
Oct. 6 Green Bay Packers 4:25
Oct. 13 at New York Jets 4:25
Oct. 20 Philadelphia Eagles* 8:20
Bye
Nov. 4 at New York Giants (Mon) 8:15
Nov. 10 Minnesota Vikings* 8:20
Nov. 17 at Detroit Lions 1:00
Nov. 24 at New England Patriots 4:25
Nov. 28 Buffalo Bills (Thanksgiving) 4:30
Dec. 5 at Chicago Bears (Thu) 8:20
Dec. 15 Los Angeles Rams 4:25
Dec. 22 at Philadelphia Eagles 4:25
Dec. 29 Washington Redskins 1:00

Cowboys Chatting with Packers Free Agent WR Randall Cobb

With needing help at the wide out spot after losing Cole Beasley last week in free agency, the Cowboys have met with Green Bay Packers free agent wide out Randall Cobb.

The NFL Network reports that Cobb was in Big D on Monday chatting with Dallas.

Cobb made the Pro Bowl back in 2014, but last season had just 38 catches in nine games for 383 yards with a pair of touchdowns.

In 2017 Cobb put up 653 yards on 66 grabs with four TD’s. He inked a $40 million dollar four-year deal with Green Bay back in 2015.

Cowboys Free Agent WR Cole Beasley Leaving to Sign with the Buffalo Bills

The Cowboys are going to be in the wide out market this offseason, as the team is losing receiver Cole Beasley to the Buffalo Bills.

Various reports say 29-year-old slot receiver is signing a four-year deal with the Bills worth $29 million, with $14.4 million guaranteed.

Not being able to bring Beasley back is a blow to the team, as he was a good compliment to the teams’ number one wide out, Amari Cooper.

Last season Beasley had 65 catches for 672 yards and three scores for the Cowboys. He spent the last seven seasons in Dallas.