Although Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said he is confident the team will finalize extensions for Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliott, but is unsure if they will be able to “max out” contracts for each of them.
“Obviously, I feel very good that we’re going easily work through – when I say easily, that’s a bad word to use – but we’re going to strategically work through getting guys like Dak and Amari and Zeke done,” Jones said, via ProFootballTalk. “I think we can still do others. It’s not like we’re going not be able to get that accomplished. But at the same time, as I told DeMarcus Lawrence — and I’ll tell all three of these guys – I’d love for you to max out and give you exactly what you want, because y’all have worked hard and you deserve to have a big contract, but if we want to put together the type of team we want to have with the Cowboys [then there has to be some give and take].”
Jones added that being able to sign each of them to below max-values would allow the Cowboys to surround them with better players.
“That’s not their job. It’s not their job to manage the cap. I understand that. But it is my job and Jerry [Jones’] job, so they will understand why we’re negotiating hard to make the very best deal we can, because the money, if we can talk them into not maxing out – doing well, but not maxed – then that allows us to have other good football players around them.”
When asked about free agent addition OLB Markus Golden, Giants DC James Bettcher mentioned that Golden was a top pass rusher a few years ago before his injury.
“Don’t ever forget that before [the injury] he was one of the best pass rushers in this league,” Bettcher said, via Pro Football Talk. “People had to plan for him. I know that because I was one of the guys calling the plays for him on defense. I saw what he was able to do when he was healthy and running around. I love how he is moving right now, and I love his work.”