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Cowboys Add Veteran Free Agent Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe

Another big name is set to join the Cowboys on their defensive line.

The Cowboys have come to terms with defensive tackle Dontari Poe, a source told Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News.

This comes after the team inked Gerald McCoy to a three-year deal in the $20 million range last week.

Watkins stated that the team and Poe have some things to work out in terms of details, which could include the fact that he had surgery for a torn quad last November.

The defensive linemen was scheduled to make $9.8 million in 2020 but the Panthers declined the team option sending him into the free agent market.

Poe is an eight-year veteran in the NFL, having spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons and, most recently, the Carolina Panthers.

He’s appeared in 121 NFL games in his career and tallied 20.5 sacks to go along with 278 total tackles and 31 tackles for a loss.

Poe is a former first-round pick of the 2012 NFL draft when he went 11th overall to the Chiefs. Dallas traded up to select CB Morris Claiborne at No. 6 overall in that draft.

Cowboys Agree to Three-Year Extension with Tight End Blake Jarwin

The Dallas Cowboys did not take long to jump right into the free agent market, as Monday the club agreed on a huge deal with tight end Blake Jarwin.

Jarwin, according to NFL.com, reports that it is a three-year extension worth up to $24.25 million, per sources informed of the deal. Jarwin gets $9.25 million guaranteed.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo were the ones that reported on the deal Monday, both stating that Jarwin gets three seasons with the Cowboys.

reported Monday that the Cowboys are signing tight end Blake Jarwin to a three-year extension worth up to $24.25 million, per sources informed of the deal. Jarwin gets $9.25 million guaranteed.

With Jason Witten’s future in Dallas up in the air, Dallas sought to pin down Jarwin, a restricted free agent. The Cowboys previously placed a second-round tender on the TE in advance of his new extension.

In three seasons in Dallas, Jarwin caught 58 passes for 672 yards and six TDs. The 25-year-old averaged 8.7 yards per target that past two seasons.

After his play-time increased last year, the new contract indicates he’s in line for an even bigger role with Mike McCarthy taking over as the Cowboys new coach.

Dallas to Kickoff 2020 Season with Hall of Fame Game Against Pittsburgh

The Cowboys will be in the national spotlight to start the 2020 season, as it was announced by the league today that Dallas will take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 6th in the annual Hall of Fame Game.

The game will take place at Tom Benson Stadium in Canton, Ohio.

The Steelers and Cowboys should not have agreed to playing in the game, as Mark Kaboly points out only two teams that have ever appeared in the game have made the Super Bowl.

What’s the Status of the Cowboys Receiving Core as Free Agency Closes In?

NFL.com has a new article out discussing how things look to be shaping up with free agency ready to start very soon, and how teams wide receiver cores are looking going into the process.

The Cowboys have big decisions to make with Amari Cooper as well as Randall Cobb and Tavon Austin all hitting free agency.

You can read the entire article HERE – for now here’s what the piece says about the Cowboys receiver situation.

Top three WRs in 2019: Amari Cooper (79-1,189-8 — UFA), Michael Gallup (66-1,107-6), Randall Cobb (55-828-3 — UFA).

Cowboys wideouts dropped 29 passes in 2019, the most in NFL, per Pro Football Focus. With Cooper, Cobb and Tavon Austin all headed for free agency, and given the likelihood that quarterback Dak Prescott’s contract will be a priority, this receiver corps is likely to see an infusion of new talent, probably via the draft. Thus, the franchise is positioned as a Jenga piece for the league-wide offseason receiver picture.

The Latest Cowboys Offer to QB Dak Prescott – $105 Million Guaranteed

The Cowboys’ latest contract offer to quarterback Dak Prescott reportedly includes $33 million annually with $105 million guaranteed according to the Dallas Morning News.

While the guarantees are likely higher, it is the same annual average value Prescott turned down in September and may still not be enough to lock down their franchise quarterback long-term. Dallas has been in a holding pattern with both Prescott and wideout Amari Cooper due to CBA negotiations.

The Cowboys have until Thursday to franchise Prescott — something that is fully expected to happen if the sides can’t reach a long-term deal. But that is just postponing the issue and, contrary to what owner/GM Jerry Jones may think, Prescott and his agent hold all the winning cards in this negotiation.

Who Would the Cowboys Use the Franchise Tag on If Needed in 2020?

USA Today has released an interesting article regarding the ever unpopular (at least for players) ‘Franchise tag’ and how team’s may use it in 2020.

It seems like every team has an option to use the franchise tag, which stops a player from even negotiating with outside teams and forces them to stay put.

To see the entire list of all 32 teams and the players that might be franchised, click HERE.

Here’s what the article has to say about the Cowboys, who they say could franchise a couple players – including QB Dak Prescott or even WR Amari Cooper.

Doesn’t appear a deal’s in sight for QB Dak Prescott, but don’t expect America’s Team to invite disaster, either. He’ll get the exclusive tag. Pending labor talks, that means Dallas could transition WR Amari Cooper. And with more than $70 million to play with, it’s even possible the Cowboys keep DB Byron Jones, though he’s probably the least likely of this trio to return.

McCarthy Says Cowboys Want to Keep Both WR’s Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb

Speaking to the media at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, new Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy said one of the team’s goals is to have both Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb on the field in 2020 according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News.

McCarthy said specifically, “The goal is to have both those guys. I was very impressed with (Cobb’s) video.”

Both players are set to become free agent, with Cooper likely garnering a huge contract from either the Cowboys or another suitor while Cobb only signed a one-year, $5 million contract to come to Dallas last offseason.

Cobb and McCarthy enjoyed a long relationship in Green Bay that included the best years of the veteran slot WR’s career. And he performed well in 2019, posting a 55/828/8 line with a robust 15.1 yards-per-catch average in 15 games.

Whether the 29-year-old Cobb returns to Dallas likely depends on just how much money the team has to commit to Cooper and franchise quarterback Dak Prescott.

Those signings may not leave much in the pot to re-sign Cobb or other less-essential players. Complicating matters is the reality that ongoing CBA discussions aren’t expected to be finalized within the next week, and the Cowboys have indicated that they won’t sign Dak Prescott or Cooper until those talks are done.

Cowboys TE Jason Witten Says He Intends to Keep Playing, Even If It’s Not in Dallas

Long time Cowboys tight end Jason Witten retired two years ago, but now not only did he return to to playing in 2019, he’s interested in playing again in 2020.

Even if it’s not with the Cowboys, the team he has been with his entire career.

Witten said that he understands the business of the game, and while it would be tough to leave Dallas to play elsewhere, he knows it may come down to that.

“I just think, yeah, coaching is in my future, but right now, I want to play while I can,” Witten said via the Cowboys official site.

“We’ll see where that takes place. Of course, I want that to be with the Dallas Cowboys. I’ll always be a Dallas Cowboy. But I also understand that, with all the changes, I may have to go somewhere else.”

Witten played well in 2019, catching 63 passes for 529 yards with four touchdowns. While it was the lowest amount of yards since his rookie year, remember he was returning from being one of the talking heads on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

There’s been rumors that the 37-year-old may end up with an NFC East rival, the Giants, due to his relationship with new Giants offensive coordinator and former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett.

Witten last season ranked eighth in receptions and 14th in yards among all tight ends last season. If he can even duplicate those numbers in 2020, there’s no reason the bruising tight end should hang up his cleats anytime soon.