The Cowboys continuously preach about financial responsibility and how all roster moves (or lack thereof) must be made with the big picture in mind. They strenuously try to convince Cowboys fans that the salary cap is uncompromising.
While most cap-savvy fans realize the tale they tell is nothing more than a load of equine manure, the point remains the Dallas front office is focused on their own top players. Furthermore, all the sacrifices the fanbase is forced to suffer is because the Cowboys want to be able to keep those top players in D/FW (something we all want).
The Cowboys have been frugal in their spending, convincing fans it’s all to keep players like Trevon Diggs and CeeDee Lamb in Dallas.
Now in the last remaining months of the 2023 offseason, it’s put up or shut up time for the Cowboys front office.
Trevon Diggs is entering the last year on his deal. CeeDee Lamb will be on his fifth year option in 2024 for a sum well over $17 million. Dak Prescott is on the books for $59,455,000 million in 2024 as well.
If nothing is done with these three players between now and the end of the season, the Cowboys will find themselves in a very ugly situation. re-signing all three before the 2023 campaign has to take top priority.
Stephen Jones specifically talked about Diggs and Lamb on Wednesday
"“It’s not daunting,” Jones said signing Lamb and Diggs. “I think it’s doable. It’s just part of managing the football team, part of managing the salary cap.”"
Jones will be expected to put his money where his mouth is over the next few weeks and months. He does not want Diggs to test free agency and will almost certainly make Diggs a top-5 paid CB whether Diggs plays like a Pro Bowler or not. He might as well pay the man now.
Lamb is under control another season. He can technically wait but with the needle pointed up for Lamb, waiting could be extremely costly. Coming up with an extension now would reduce Lamb’s cap hit in 2024, which is something that helps the entire team.
An extension for Prescott is priority No. 1. They can’t afford to a player nearly $60M in a single season, so he might as well be considered a free agent in 2024. The closer they get to the new league year the more leverage Prescott has. Might as well make it happen now.
The Cowboys aren’t worried about the new contracts coming up and everything they’ve done leading up to this point has been with these deals in mind. It’s put up or shut up time for the front office.