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Cowboys WR Michael Gallup to Miss 2-4 Weeks After Knee Surgery

Cowboys second-year wide receiver Michael Gallup will undergo knee surgery to repair his damaged meniscus and will be out two-to-four weeks according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.

The good news is that there’s reportedly no structural damage besides the meniscus tear, so the return is expected to be quick. Look for Devin Smith to take the majority of Gallup’s outside snaps.

Smith demonstrated some of the elite field-stretching ability that made him a second-round pick back in 2015 last week, catching all three of his targets for 74 yards and a touchdown. Amari Cooper will continue to work as the Cowboys’ undisputed No. 1 pass-game target, while Randall Cobb will stick to his slot role.

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Says Deal with QB Dak Prescott is “Imminent”

On Friday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said there was a hope a new contract would be done for quarterback Dak Prescott before the season opener.

Well it didn’t happen. The Cowboys opened the season with a 35-17 trashing of the New York Giants on Sunday at AT&T Stadium and Prescott remains on his rookie contract.

Yet, the Jones Family continues to stress a new deal for Prescott is close, Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reports.

“Oh yes, and when I say that, it would probably be fair to say it will be done in an imminent basis,” Jerry Jones said after the game. “Without being real clear, … it’s not done. On what’s imminent? Days or something like that.”

The Cowboys have held talks with Prescott’s agent, Todd France, the last few days. On Wednesday morning, the Cowboys finalized a deal with running back Ezekiel Elliott, making him the highest-paid running back in league history.

Cowboys Ink RB Ezekiel Elliott to a Mega Extension, Six Years $90 Million

One down, two to go.

The Cowboys on Wednesday finally got their best offensive player back in the fold, as the team came to a deal with running back Ezekiel Elliott that will pay him $90 million over six years.

The deal includes a $50 million guaranteed, basically meaning he will make $103 million over eight seasons.

Everyone was happy that Elliott is now back with the team, and owner Jerry Jones spoke Wednesday morning with CNBC on getting the back’s deal done.

“Zeke has been arguably our best player,” Jones said.

“I’m not trying to be unfair to anybody else. But he’s an incremental part to our success. We’re glad to get him booked in, we’re glad to have him on the team. And he plays a position that has some pretty interesting dynamics to it because running backs are short-lived, although we had what I consider to be one of the top five greatest ones in Emmitt Smith, and Emmitt ran the ball for 13 years.

“So you don’t have to have a four- or five-year career to be a running back. On the other hand, Zeke allows us to create such problems for the defense that then we can open it up to our passing, open it up for Dak Prescott.”

Elliott hasn’t practiced with the team since June, and reports say that the team is likely to give him 20 to 25 carries in Sunday’s opener against the New York Giants.

“Zeke’s been a big part of our team,” coach Jason Garrett told reporters Wednesday. “He’s so well respected by everybody in our organization. He’s been a really important player for us so it’s great to get him back in here.

“We anticipate him practicing. We’ll see how he does. He’ll go through the dynamic warm up and individual and we’ll see how he’s responding.

“He’s in very good shape, he looks good but he hasn’t practiced with pro football players. We’ll just see how he fits back in but he’s a quick study, he’s a smart guy, an excellent football IQ so we’ll just see where he is and adjust accordingly as we go.”

Cowboys to Release Reinstated LB Rolando McClain

Multi-troubled linebacker Rolando McClain has been conditionally reinstated by the NFL but he won’t be rejoining the Dallas Cowboys as the team plans to release him as soon as his reinstatement becomes official on Tuesday according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com.

The Cowboys are loaded at the linebacker position, and McClain’s $5 million salary would have been way too much to pay considering that he’s been out for three years.

He will be eligible to sign with any team in the NFL but it is questionable whether he will find any interest given his history of off-the-field problems, substance abuse issues, the long layoff, and the fact that he is 30 years old. There is no denying his talent, however, as an All-American linebacker at Alabama.

Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys Reportedly Getting Closer to Hammering Out a Deal

There’s good news for Cowboys fans, and that’s that talks are “intensifying” between the team and running back Ezekiel Elliott with both sides looking to close a deal this weekend according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Deadlines spur action and with eight days until the opener, it seems the Cowboys and their disgruntled star are finally getting on the same page.

Elliott has reportedly been seeking Todd Gurley money ($15 million annually) in contract negotiations and while Dallas has been reluctant to meet that lofty threshold, paying the two-time rushing champ his demanded salary may be the only way to get him in uniform by Week 1.

If Elliott gets his desired payday, he’ll immediately slot back in as the Cowboys’ workhorse with impressive rookie Tony Pollard returning to handcuff status.

Report Says Cowboys Offer To Ezekiel Elliott Approaches Gurley Deal, With A Catch

Holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott is in receipt of a new contract extension offer from the Dallas Cowboys that a source close to the negotiations tells us would put his new annual salary “close to the Todd Gurley range,” Mike Fisher and Jonathon Shipman of 105.3 the Fan report.

The Cowboys as of a month ago were willing to pay Elliott more than the Jets’ Le’Veon Bell ($13 mil APY) but less than the Rams’ Gurley ($14 mil APY).

How significant is the movement from Dallas? That is in the eye of the beholder. Amid breathless reports that Elliott has “turned down the offer(s) … well, that’s self-evident, as otherwise he’d be in Frisco with a pen in his hand and a helmet at the ready. Meanwhile, Cowboys COO Stephen Jones is on-record as telling 105.3 The Fan that Dallas has been “very generous” in talks.

Meanwhile, a few days ago Jones downplayed a 105.3 The Fan report that suggested an agreement was “imminent” while also mentioning how quickly a deal can get done.

Elliott wants to be a “Cowboy for life,” as he recently told Maxim magazine. But he also wants more than just “close” to Gurley’s APY; the two-time NFL rushing champ seeks money that would make him the highest-paid running back in NFL history. Part of that desire includes surpassing Gurley’s other contractual numbers ($60 million total with $45 million guaranteed); two sources tell us that Dallas has less of a problem with that first number than it does with the latter.

In other words, the Cowboys – who view Gurley’s contract as an outlier and a mistake – do not want to guarantee Elliott $45 million.

“I’m optimistic that we can get Zeke’s deal done,” owner Jerry Jones said. “But we’re gonna play football one way or the other.”

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones Says He Thinks ‘Things Will Get Done’ with RB Ezekiel Elliott

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones spoke on 105.3 The Fan on Friday basically talking about the latest with deals for the big three – Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper, stating that there’s not been much activity lately on all three.

One piece of good news is that Jones seems to think that things are going in the right direction with Elliott, who remains a holdout.

“We feel confident things will get done,” Jones said on his radio show. “Things happen real quick, sometime within hours.”

Jones said publicly two weeks ago that the team’s offer to Elliott was in the top-two at his position, topping Le’Veon Bell but behind Todd Gurley as Bell’s deal re-set the market. Nothing has changed since then.

“I don’t think we’re close, because there’s not a lot of activity,” Jones said. “Right now I wouldn’t say that I feel anything’s imminent.”

Gurley’s deal averages $14.4 million per season, while Bell’s annual average is $13.1 million.

Elliott wants to become the highest-paid running back in football.

But Jones reiterated Friday that the Cowboys aren’t going to be market-setters because they can’t afford to be.

“We just can’t go to a place like that,” Jones said on The Fan, via Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News.

Sporting News Picks the NFL 2019 Division Winners – Where Do the Cowboys Land?

It’s that time of the year when national pundits start to look ahead and pick records for teams around the league, as well as pick the winners of the divisions.

Sporting News is out with their 2019 predictions, and they have their picks in for the NFC East.

The longtime company picks the Cowboys to take not only the division, but make it all the way to the Super Bowl before losing to the Chiefs. The company says the Cowboys will take the East with a mark of 12-4.

Coming in second they have the Eagles with a mark of 11-5, one game back of the Cowboys.

The Giants and Redskins come in third and last in the NFC East each with a record of 4-12.

Here’s the complete rundown of who Sporting News likes along with the Super Bowl teams.