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NFL Notes: Cowboys, Falcons, Lions

Cowboys

Former first-round OL Jonathan Cooper has an opportunity to win the Cowboys’ starting left guard job this summer after bouncing around with the Cardinals, Patriots, and Browns since entering the NFL.

Cooper said that joining the Cowboys last year has helped him get used to being with a new team.

“It’s always new to start over fresh,” Cooper said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Fortunately, there was the brief time I had last season here. No matter how long you’re in the league, I don’t think it ever gets old to go to a new team. It’s always like the first day of school. You have to learn your new people, get in your little cliques if you will and just get a routine, learn your area. So it never gets old. I guess you just adapt quicker the more years you have [in the league].

Falcons

Falcons RB Devonta Freeman said he is not in a rush to get an extension done but believes he will get a “great” deal.

I wouldn’t say just ‘something’ (will get done),” Freeman said, via SiriusXM NFL Radio. “I definitely think it’ll be great. I don’t like to use ‘something,’ because I’m not just an average running back. I feel like it’ll be something great.”

On Tuesday, a report mentioned that the Falcons are confident that they’ll have an agreement in place with Freeman before the first week of training camp. (NFLTR)

Lions

Lions president Rod Wood tells Michael Rothstein of ESPN that they’re working to get an extension in place with QB Matthew Stafford.

“I’m comfortable in getting a deal done with him, and we’ll see where that ends up,” Wood said. “It’s going to be whatever it takes, I think, to make it happen from both sides and whether he becomes the highest-paid or not, it’ll be a short-lived designation because, as [general manager] Bob [Quinn] said, and I think it’s true, if you’re in the top whatever of quarterbacks, when your time comes up, your time comes up and then somebody else’s time comes up, and they become the highest-[paid player].

“It’s a premium position, and you need to have a very, very good player at that position to be credible and be competitive, and I think we do have that, and we’re working on getting a deal done.