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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.

Cowboys LB Sean Lee to Continue Playing in 2020; Will Test Free Agent Market

Sean Lee’s NFL career is going to continue, but the Cowboys linebacker is not sure if it will be in Dallas next season.

NFL.com reports that the 33-year-old linebacker’s agent told Ian Rapoport Lee will play in 2020, but that he’ll test the free agent market in March.

He didn’t rule out a possible return to the Cowboys, according to his agent.

Lee recorded 86 tackles, four passes defended, one interception and one sack in 2019.

He was banged up for most of 2017 and 2018, playing in just 18 of 36 games.

Lee did play in every game last season, putting up double-digit tackle totals in two of his final five games of the campaign in a demonstration of his ability to still play the game as a starting-caliber defender.

With all the drama about the Cowboys free agents to be, one has to wonder that if they will have any focus left on Lee or will have to simply let him go.

Cowboys Draft Order is Set; Who Will They Take in the First Round?

Now that the NFL season is done and over, the Dallas Cowboys as well as the other 31 teams in the league can start turning their attention to one of the biggest events of the year – the NFL Draft.

The 2020 NFL Draft will take place in Paradise, Nevada on Thursday April 23rd to Saturday April 25th. There are all kinds of NFL betting odds on who will go one, but Cowboy fans are all about who Big D is going to select.

The event will be televised live on both ESPN and the NFL Network, and both outlets do knockout coverage letting fans know every detail about every player chosen (and even some that are not).

The Cowboys with new head coach Mike McCarthy and staff are already doing their part to scout for the draft, and you will see many of them next head to Indianapolis to the NFL combine which will be held from February 23rd to March 2nd.

It’s a time for coaches and assistants and general managers to be able to chat with players that might someday be on the teams roster.

This season with the way that the year ended for the Cowboys going 8-8 and missing out on the playoffs, they will be selecting 17th.

The team will pick ahead of the Miami Dolphins, who are getting the 18th overall pick from the Pittsburgh Steelers which came from the Minkah Fitzpatrick trade which took place early in the season.

Picking ahead of the Cowboys will be the 7-9 Atlanta Falcons, who have used their last three first-round picks in the draft on offense, so with as bad as their defense has been in recent years, they might reverse the trend in 2020.

As for the Cowboys, here’s what ESPN had to say when it comes to trying to figure out who exactly they are going to choose.

The Cowboys might need to address wide receiver, with no contract yet for Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb also slated for free agency. The secondary also is an area that could be hit hard by free-agent departures.

Yes wide out is a position of need for the Cowboys, but according to popular NFL draft site Walter Football, the Cowboys are not going to go wide out, but safety.

They have Dallas with the 17th pick taking LSU safety Grant Delpit.

Here’s what the site has to say about the Cowboys and the selection of Delpit.

The Cowboys tried to land Earl Thomas last offseason, but they haven’t been able to upgrade their hole at safety. Perhaps they’ll do that with this pick.

Grant Delpit is an exceptional talent who was once considered a top-10 lock, but he didn’t have the best of seasons in 2019, and that could be to the Cowboys benefit if he does fall to the 17th spot.

The Experts Agree That the Cowboys Are Still One of the Favorites to Win it All in 2020

They have the talent, they have the players, and they have a history of winning.

But in 2020 the biggest different with the Dallas Cowboys will be a glaring one – that being a new voice on the sidelines.

For the first time since 2010 the Cowboys won’t be listening to Jason Garrett, but instead they now will have the services on the sideline of former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who will be running the show for now into the future for the franchise.

McCarthy joining the Cowboys is a necessary evil, as the team simply could not go back to Garrett after the team fell short of the playoffs again.

With that, now that the 2019 season is officially over with the Chiefs 31-20 Super Bowl win Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers, NFL odds have the Cowboys tied for fifth overall at 15-1 to win the Super Bowl a year from now.

The reason?

Simple – this is a team that is still built to win now, and with some tinkering in the offseason and the signing of one very important position (more on that in a moment), the Cowboys should be right at the top as the favorite to win the NFC East, something they fell short of in 2019.

Now to that important position. Quarterback Dak Prescott needs a new contract, and the team is still talking to his representatives about a new contract that will keep him under center for years to come in Big D.

If they can’t come to a deal, you can still count on Prescott being in Dallas for no less than 2020, as the team will franchise him, possibly risk ticking him off, but keeping him under center with a one-year deal that will pay him the average of the top quarterbacks in the NFL.

Another reason this team is 15-1 for winning Super Bowl 55 is Ezekiel Elliott, a dynamic player coming off another Pro Bowl appearance last week.

Elliott has had his share of off the field issues, but still rushed for 1,357 yards this past season with 12 scores, again establishing himself as one of the top running backs in the game.

Make no mistake, McCarthy never had a running back with the talent of Elliott in Green Bay during his tenure, and he’ll find it a pleasure with the game on the line to give the Cowboys back the ball late in the game needing a couple yards to clinch a win.

So while you were watching the ‘Big Game’ between the Chiefs and 49ers, the Cowboys were already in planning mode, having to start with a way to get back Prescott, and also going over their list of what needs to be done this offseason.

The experts agree that this team is ready to take the next step – the odds for a Super Bowl win in one year prove it.

Free Agent to Be WR Amari Cooper Wants to Stay with the Cowboys

Impending free agent wide receiver Amari Cooper reiterated Thursday that he wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys for a “long time” according to Jane Slater of NFL Network.

Cooper told Slater that his agent has yet to open talks with Dallas, although it’s clear the fifth-year wideout feels most comfortable in Big D.

Though his team underachieved, the 25-year-old was a bright spot for the Cowboys in 2019, setting career-highs in both yards (1,179) and touchdowns (eight). He did struggle with injuries in the later part of the season, however, and was ineffective in several games when the Cowboys needed him the most as they made their unsuccessful push to win the NFC East.

The Cowboys have some tough financial decisions ahead of them with Cooper, Dak Prescott and Byron Jones all slated to hit free agency, though luckily they’ll have the fifth-most cap space to work with ($81.06 million). Prescott has to be the top priority and it is hard to see a scenario in which he is not under center for the Cowboys with a fat new longterm contract to start the 2020 season.

It is very possible that either Prescott or Cooper will be retained via the franchise tag, and the tagged amount due a wideout is much less than the money involved in tagging a QB. Ultimately, however, the Cowboys gave up two first-round picks to obtain Cooper from the Raiders and they are not going to let that big sacrifice go to waste by allowing Cooper to sign with another NFL team.

Cowboys Hire Former Vikings DC George Edwards for Role on Defensive Staff

The Cowboys have hired former Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

His job title has yet to be determined, though Hill hears his focus will be on the team’s linebackers. This will be Edwards’ second go-round with Dallas after previously serving as the Cowboys’ LBs coach from 1998-2001.

Edwards was fired shortly after Minnesota’s Divisional Round loss to San Francisco, concluding his six-year reign as defensive coordinator. He oversaw some elite defenses in his time in Minnesota, even earning a couple of head coaching interviews around the league, and is well-respected around the league.

Video: Cowboys Look to End the Regular Season at .500 with a Win Over the Redskins

The Cowboys will avoid a below .500 season Sunday when they take on the Redskins, who have nothing to play for, but will still look to play the spoiler in this NFC East battle.

Here’s a video Preview.

Cowboys Hopeful That QB Dak Prescott Will be Ready For Sunday’s Regular Season Finale

As one of only a few teams actually practicing on Christmas, the Cowboys were noticeably missing Dak Prescott, Grant Gordon of NFL.com reports.

After a right shoulder injury forced him to miss the first practices of his NFL career last week, Prescott was estimated not to participate in Wednesday’s practice on the team’s official injury report and coach Jason Garrett offered that the team would have the same approach this week as last week.

“Last week, we really took it day by day, and this week we’ll do the same thing,” Garrett said. “Obviously, he was able to play in the ballgame. Hopefully, we can get him on the same path where he’s able to go on Sunday.”

Though he wasn’t set to do much, Prescott was still in attendance.

“We don’t anticipate him being able to practice very much today,” Garrett said. “He’ll be out there — he was out there for the walk-through and was able to go through the walk-through today. But we don’t anticipate him practicing fully today. He’ll be limited at best.”

With a shot at winning the NFC East in the balance in Week 16, Prescott and the Cowboys lost to the Eagles, 17-9. It was the last chance Dallas had at controlling its own playoff destiny.

In the loss, Prescott struggled, turning in a 74.5 quarterback rating as he went 25-for-44 for 265 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.

Just how much the shoulder had to play in Prescott’s inefficiency was a topic Garrett wasn’t willing to tackle head-on.

“Guys, to be honest with you, no disrespect, but I don’t want to get into all that right now,” Garrett said. “We talked about the Philly game on Monday and now we’re on to getting ourselves ready for the Washington game. I understand that Dak’s a big story, and I understand why you’re asking the question, but we’ll take them day by day and hopefully he’ll be ready to practice at some point this week and ready to play on Sunday.”