The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott remain in contract negotiations, and it continues to be the biggest ongoing storyline of the NFL offseason. Two articles from ESPN discuss the myths surrounding the Prescott deal, and what the stats say the smart move by Dallas would be. Another star in contract negotiations, Jamal Adams from the Jets, is in the middle of trade rumors, and his hometown Dallas Cowboys are being floated as a potential landing spot.
The two names are circled by uncertainty, but Dallas’ roster is loaded with talent. After an offseason that managed to rank fifth in ESPN’s offseason rankings, the team now boasts 11 former first-round picks, one of the highest numbers in the league. In recent years, Dallas had similar talent, so who’s more to blame for the lack of success: Jerry Jones or Jason Garrett? The Cowboys new coaching staff seems determined on improving special teams, and after last season, it would be hard for them to get worse at that phase of the game. All that, plus, why Roger Staubach is the top player all time from a service academy. Here are the Dallas Cowboys news and notes for May, 22, 2020.
One by one, Todd Archer runs down – and then shoots down – the most popular guesses as to why a deal hasn’t been done, from “they don’t think he’s elite” to “they waited too long” to “he already makes a ton in endorsements.”
More Prescott payday analysis from the Worldwide Leader, this time looking through a statistical lens at the theories as to why the team hasn’t locked up their starting quarterback to a long-term pact.
It’s starting to feel like déjà vu, but the Cowboys are being linked once again to Jets All-Pro Safety Jamal Adams. It’s reported that Adams and the Jets have come to a stand-still in contract extension talks, sparking the trade rumor again. Former Cowboys legend, Michael Irvin, was one of the first to talk about what Dallas would have to give up for the young game-changer, which sounds like a first-rounder plus a third-rounder.
Bob Sturm wraps up a fantastic week-long look at the coach that many in Cowboys Nation couldn’t wait to run out of town. Statistically, Garrett came actually eerily close to Bill Walsh in several categories, except the most important one. But he was better than most fans will readily give him credit for, because of- and in spite of- his employer’s unique approach.
The 2018 midseason landing of wideout Amari Cooper only earns an honorable mention on this list. But just 25 games in as a Cowboy, Cooper’s ultimate impact has yet to be truly determined.
Entering the 2020 season, on paper, Dallas has one of the best rosters in the NFL. Cowboys staff writer Rob Phillips runs through all 11 of the Cowboys first-round picks that are currently on the team.
Any way you look at the stats, the Cowboys had one of the worst punt, kickoff, and field goal teams from a season ago, and frankly, it’s been years since Dallas excelled in special teams. The new Dallas coaching staff, including John Fassel, the new Special Teams Coordinator, are trying to change that quickly.
To kick off the Memorial Day weekend, check out this countdown of the best pros who first served the country in the Army, Navy, or Air Force. The Cowboys are represented twice, with Roger Staubach (of course) topping the list, as well as nine-year defensive standout Chad Hennings.
According to this list, the Cowboys had the fifth-best offseason in the league. On the upside: changing of the guard on the coaching side, free agency improvements, draft-day success. Negatives: having to bid farewell to Travis Frederick and letting the Dak Prescott saga drag on. Also, there are still moves that could be made to boost the secondary’s strength.
Cowboys 53-Man Roster Projection: 10 rookies make cut, 2 established vets don’t
First-round picks, major free-agent signings on Cowboys 2020 schedule