There are several notable players in position to get contract extensions from the Cowboys in the near future.
The list includes, in alphabetical order, CB Trevon Diggs, WR CeeDee Lamb, LB/DE Micah Parsons, RB Tony Pollard, QB Dak Prescott and OT Terence Steele.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said a couple of weeks ago that they would “like to get one, two, three of these guys signed.”
Before training camp? “If we could,” he responded. “(But) just because you want to doesn’t mean (it will happen). It takes two to tango.”
Jones also said that “in general” Dallas’ front office has “touched base with everybody, knowing that we’re open-minded to it.”
The Cowboys haven’t been a major player in free agency for several years so that when in this position, they have the salary-cap space to re-sign their own.
They’ve done so in the last five years with starters like Zack Martin, DeMarcus Lawrence, Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith, La’el Collins, Prescott and Michael Gallup.
Obviously, all have not provided a great return on investment.
“We’re constantly working on thoughts about how to give us the best value for our money and in this particular case for the cap,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said earlier this month.
“So, we’re in that and I don’t want to imply that we’ve got any particular thing that we’re negotiating on right now. …
If you’re not thinking ahead and looking around the corner about where you’re going to be with your finances, months and years down the road, you’re asleep.
“Everything, every one of these impacts others. We all know that. We’ve got a good feel for where we are to the future relative to our available dollars.
I like where we are relative to the talent that we’ve got and I like where we are on this day.
The facts are, this thing is a fluid thing and 15, 20, 30 percent of it is fluid every minute of the time.”