The rumors about the Dallas Cowboys chasing after Sean Payton just won’t go away and have now garnered an on-the-record denial from the franchise.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones denied reports that the organization reached out through backchannels to speak to the New Orleans Saints coach last offseason. Jones also gave another vote of confidence to Jason Garrett.
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 16, 2019
Jones is correct: the Cowboys have stood firmly by Garrett during his entire tenure, even when his time as coach got off to a mediocre start. That hasn’t stopped the Payton rumors, which have lingered for a long time.
While Garrett may be on his last legs as coach of the Cowboys, Payton just signed a five-year extension with the Saints back in September. It’s unlikely that he walks away from that pact so quickly.
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys seem unlikely to come to an agreement on a contract extension this late into the regular season, but that does not mean discussions have been tabled altogether.
Stephen Jones was asked a question about Colin Kaepernick’s upcoming workout during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan Friday, and the Cowboys executive vice president said the team will not be sending a representative largely because they are satisfied with their quarterback situation. Jones also said Dallas is focused on trying to sign Prescott to a long-term extension.
"It's our understanding is the tape will be put out for the rest of the league. We'll look at that. We're really happy with our quarterbacks and we're working hard to sign Dak." – Stephen Jones on Jerry saying they wouldn't have a rep at CK7 workout.
— Jeff Cavanaugh (@JC1053) November 15, 2019
A recent report claimed Prescott is likely to be franchise tagged this offseason, but that does not necessarily mean he will have to play under a one-year deal in 2020. If the two sides have made progress toward a new contract by then, the franchise tag might only serve to give them more time to come to an agreement.
Prescott supposedly turned down a massive offer from the Cowboys prior to the season, though details about guaranteed money were unclear. There has been talk that he has not pushed for a new deal because of other revenue streams he has managed to generate, so perhaps he is comfortable putting the pressure on the team by letting things drag out.
After the way things unfolded with Ezekiel Elliott, it would be a surprise if Prescott and the Cowboys don’t come to an agreement during the offseason.
If Jason Garrett truly was on the hot seat entering Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, that seat must now be scalding. However, the Dallas Cowboys continue to insist publicly that their head coach is not going anywhere.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Monday that he still feels “great” about Garrett and the rest of the coach’s staff. He reiterated once again that the rumors about Garrett potentially losing his job are untrue.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones was asked on @1053thefan if Jason Garrett is on the hot seat: “Absolutely not. This team just needs to get a win under its belt. I still think we can have a great year. I feel good about it. Feel great about Jason and his staff.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) October 14, 2019
That may be the case at the moment, but things have a way of changing quickly in the NFL. The Cowboys have an important divisional game upcoming against the Philadelphia Eagles next week before their bye, and one team source told Jane Slater of NFL Network that there could be bigger questions to answer if Dallas loses that game.
A #Cowboys source just now when I posed the question on Jason Garrett’s job security “Too early to jump ship too early to build one too. The thing is you can look up and we’re 13-3 or hell 3-13. Right now it’s premature to take either side.” But adds, “circle back next Monday. “
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) October 14, 2019
The Cowboys have now lost three games in a row, but the circumstances have not been easy. They lost road games to the Jets and New Orleans Saints and fell at home last week to the Green Bay Packers, who look like one of the better teams in the NFC. They also entered Sunday’s game without starting offensive linemen Tyron Smith and La’El Collins. Randall Cobb was unable to play and Amari Cooper left early with a quad injury, so some things have been out of Garrett’s control.
All that said, some of the problems have clearly been coaching related. Stephen and Jerry Jones have done everything they can to support Garrett in the media, but you have to wonder if the rumblings we have heard about Jerry eyeing Garrett’s potential replacement are true. A few more losses would probably clarify the situation quite a bit.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones may have gotten a little ahead of himself when he described a contract extension with Dak Prescott as “imminent.”
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones walked back his father’s words on Monday, saying that while the team was hopeful of getting something done, “imminent” may have been too strong a word.
Jerry Jones said yesterday that a new deal with Dak Prescott was imminent.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones on @1053thefan today wasn’t willing to go that far: “(Jerry) has different meanings for different words. … (Hopefully) we’ll put this in the rearview mirror sooner than later.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) September 9, 2019
Prescott, in the final year of his rookie deal, sent extension talk into overdrive Sunday when he torched the New York Giants for 405 yards and four touchdowns. That probably had Jerry Jones in a great mood when he dropped the quote that made the rounds late Sunday. It still appears likely that Prescott and the Cowboys will find an agreement; it just doesn’t seem as close to happening as it sounded Sunday.
The Dallas Cowboys have three key players they want to get locked up to new contracts, but the organization itself doesn’t feel they’re close to an agreement with any of them.
According to Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, nothing is “imminent” in contract talks with any players. That would likely refer to wide receiver Amari Cooper, quarterback Dak Prescott, and running back Ezekiel Elliott.
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) August 23, 2019
There has not been much recent word on Cooper and Prescott. Both are free agents after the season, though Cooper seems most willing to play out the final year of his deal. Prescott would be a candidate for the franchise tag, as he’s played hardball with the Cowboys. Jones’ quote may be most relevant to Elliott’s situation. Rumors had been building that the star running back, still absent from camp, was moving closer to a new deal with the Cowboys. His actions on Friday, however, indicate that might not be the case.
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones is seemingly escalating rhetoric against the agent of holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Jones didn’t name Elliott or agent Rocky Arceneaux in his comments, but suggested that some agents aren’t pursuing the same interests as the players should be.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones: “I have a lot of respect for most agents. I really do. I think they’re trying to do their job for these players. But I do think sometimes, they don’t have the same endgame that maybe the player should and we do.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 21, 2019
It’s hard to read this as anything but a thinly-veiled shot at Arceneaux and Elliott given their recent comments. Arceneaux, after all, suggested that recent jokes made by Jerry Jones were disrespectful of his client, and that has clearly angered the Jones family. This holdout doesn’t appear likely to end any time soon.
Stephen Jones, the Dallas Cowboys’ executive vice president, started the public game of negotiating contracts for Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper with comments made after the team’s golf outing on Wednesday. According to Jon Machota, Jones referenced not wanting to “max out” on the contracts for either player, touting the benefits of being able to pay other good players if those upcoming free agents will play nice and take a little less. These comments just so happen to come shortly after a report that Dallas could pay Prescott more than $30 million per year.
Jones is putting this out there to put public pressure on Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, as well as Ezekiel Elliott, to provide team-friendly deals. Prescott and Cooper are both free agents after the 2019 season. The Cowboys already exercised the fifth-year option on Elliott, which would keep him under contract through the 2020 season.
Jones played the “there are lots of benefits to being a Dallas Cowboy” card, trying to publicly put out there that if they take deals that are not what they could get elsewhere, they could still make it up eventually.
“And we all know what happens, you look at the TV booths and look at what these players do off the field,” Jones said. “If we can put Super Bowl rings on these guys, they’ll be legends around this area for many, many, many years to come.”
Basically, Jones is saying that the Cowboys are so popular and make so much money that they shouldn’t have to pay the same deal as other teams, because those players can make money elsewhere. It’s doubtful that will be convincing for Prescott. He has been one of the biggest values at QB in recent years, but has spent three seasons getting paid well below starters on the team and well below what even backup quarterbacks are making around the league. He is likely ready for his time to earn what he is owed.