Dallas Cowboys Say Goodbye To Big Stars
The Dallas Cowboys will say goodbye to big stars this summer. It is inevitable.
With 25 players becoming unrestricted free agents during the offseason, it is impossible for the team to re-sign them all.
Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay said this much while speaking to media at the Senior Bowl.
Although he is confident the organization will be able to bring back quarterback Dak Prescott, everything up is sort of in the air at this stage.
Jerry Jones often said he felt 2019 Cowboys roster was talented enough to contend.
Will McClay: “If we don’t get to where we’re going, that talent’s not good enough. The execution, the use of the talent—we have to get better at that.”
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“We expect Dak to be our quarterback,” he said.
“If the owner/GM says we’re going to get it done, he signs the checks. So we’ll get that done.
“We’re excited about it and realize the value of him as a player.”
Beyond Prescott, it is anyone’s guess who returns.
Dallas can use its franchise tag on one player during the offseason and then a transition tag on another. Beyond that, the organization will have to open up the checkbook.
Once the Prescott situation is handled, the Cowboys will turn their attention to wide receiver Amari Cooper. From there, Jason Witten and Randall Cobb will need to be dealt with.
Things are equally complicated on the defensive side. Defensive end Robert Quinn, defensive tackle Antwaun Woods, linebacker Sean Lee, cornerback Byron Jones and safety Jeff Heath will all need new deals.
After Prescott and Cooper, Jones figures to be Dallas’ next big priority.
Ever since being drafted in 2015, Jones has been an important piece of the team’s defensive identity. Thus far, he has amassed 347 tackles over the course of 74 total outings played. He also started in 73 out of those 74 games.
“It’s going to be a tough deal,” McClay continued.
“It’s the NFL. You have your quarterback you have to pay, you have a receiver, you have good players. And when you have good players, you have to figure out how to pay them or how to survive.
“We’ve got to go through that whole process.”
Dallas will likely start making some of these hard decisions regarding free agents at some point in the next few months.