CeeDee Lamb Trade Rumor Pops up Amid Cowboys Standoff

The Dallas Cowboys are still following the risky path of not doing anything regarding their star wide receiver's future with the organization.
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Ever since he entered the league in 2020, CeeDee Lamb has consistently been one of the best wide receivers in the league. He never misses any games, is as reliable as they come, and has improved every single year so far. The 25-year-old already has three 1,000+ receiving-yard seasons and broke the franchise record for receptions and yards in a single season in 2023.

Entering the fifth and final year of his contract after the Cowboys picked up his option, Lamb is understandably still waiting for his big payday. However, Jerry Jones & Co. has chosen to play hardball with the three-time Pro Bowl.

As a result, the Cowboys are risking losing Lamb, either next offseason, or according to new rumors circulating online, by a trade request this season. It has been suggested that Lamb expects at least $32 million per year in a new deal, which would make him the second-highest-paid receiver in the league.

This is an understandable demand by Lamb and it's impossible to understand what the Cowboys are holding out for. They are not going to be able to get him for anything cheaper if he has another season at the same level he has shown over the last couple of years.

Currently, the highest-paid WR in the league is Justin Jefferson, who makes $35 million per year. He is followed by AJ Brown, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Tyreek Hill who make over $30 million AAV. Among that group, only Hill has more receiving yards than Lamb over the last two seasons.

If it is not the Cowboys, it will be another team willing to make Lamb one of the highest-paid non-QBs in the league. Jerry Jones can't afford to continue this standoff, especially after he already angered the fanbase with an underwhelming offseason. CeeDee Lamb requesting a trade would be the final nail in the coffin for the Cowboys and their 2024 hopes.

The Dallas Cowboys are still among the favorites (+800) in the NFC to make the Super Bowl according to FanDuel Sportsbook. They need Lamb at his best to have a chance to do so.

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