According to Jane Slater, the Cowboys have “generous” offers on the table for QB Dak Prescott, WR Amari Cooper and RB Ezekiel Elliott that would put them among the top-five highest-paid players at their position.
All three players are seeking to be the highest-paid at their respective positions. Prescott and Cooper are at training camp for the Cowboys right now while Elliott is in the midst of a holdout and has told Dallas he will not play in 2019 unless he signs a new deal.
If the two sides can’t come to an agreement on “numbers that make more sense,” Slater says the Cowboys are prepared to play out the 2019 season with both Prescott and Cooper on the final years of their deal.
Prescott said in July he didn’t think it was “far-fetched” for him, Cooper and Elliott to all set the market at their positions given the way the NFL revenues have grown in recent years.
Should Prescott and Cooper both play out 2019 without signing extensions, Dallas would have the franchise tag available for one of them in the 2020 offseason. Elliott remains under contract for the next two seasons.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has maintained the team would like to sign all three and that he believes the deals will get done, though he hasn’t committed to a timeline.
“The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys,” Jones said via ESPN’s Todd Archer. “Think about it a minute. The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys. That always happen when it’s good for both of them.”
Prescott, 25, is a former fourth-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2016. He’s entering the final year of his four-year, $2.72 million contract and set to make a base salary of $720,000 for the 2019 season.
In 2018, Prescott appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys and completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 3,885 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He has also rushed for 305 yards and six touchdowns.
Cooper, 24, is a former No. 4 overall pick by the Raiders out of Alabama in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Raiders traded him to the Cowboys for a first-round pick midway through the 2018 season.
He is in the final year of his four-year, $22.7 million fully guaranteed rookie contract and is set to earn a base salary of $705,000 for 2018 to go along with a $2,825,426 roster bonus.
In 2018, Cooper appeared in 15 games, six for the Raiders and nine for the Cowboys. In total, he caught 75 passes for 1005 yards receiving and seven touchdowns.
Elliott, 23, was taken with the No. 4 overall pick by the Cowboys back in 2016. He signed four-year contract worth $24,956,342, which includes a signing bonus of $16,350,068.
Elliott will make a base salary of $3.85 million for the 2019 season and another $9.1 million in 2020 under the fifth-year option of his contract.
In 2018, Elliott appeared in 15 games for the Cowboys and rushed for 1,434 yards on 304 carries (4.7 YPC) to go along with 77 receptions for 567 yards receiving and nine touchdowns.