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CeeDee Lamb appears to send message to Cowboys amid contract talks

CeeDee Lamb without a helmet

Jan 14, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) before the 2024 NFC wild card game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

CeeDee Lamb could be the next star wide receiver in line for a massive contract extension, and he may not want to practice until he gets it.

The Dallas Cowboys began mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, and there were multiple reports that Lamb was not in attendance. Lamb’s absence was not a shock after he skipped voluntary organized team activities, but the Cowboys will be able to fine him if he does not report to minicamp.

Lamb is set to make roughly $18 million in the final year of his rookie contract this season. He had an NFL-leading 135 receptions last season to go along with 1,749 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns, so he can certainly make the case that he deserves to be one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

Justin Jefferson signed a record contract extension with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday. There have been reports that Lamb was waiting for that deal to reset the market, which would make sense.

Lamb might not get as much as Jefferson, but he undoubtedly wants to take advantage of a wide receiver market that has gone crazy this offseason. Paying the fines might be worthwhile for him if it helps turn up the pressure on the Cowboys.

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