Cowboys' 6 Biggest Priorities After 2024 Minicamp

As the Dallas Cowboys prepare for training camp, these 6 priorities should be their primary focus
Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott
Dallas Cowboys, Ezekiel Elliott / Chris Jones-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Get their stars locked up

There are few things in life as frustrating as watching the Dallas Cowboys negotiate contracts. They were burnt by DeMarcus Lawrence when they drug their feet in 2018. His price tag went through the roof and he ended up with a five-year, $105 million deal in 2019.

They learned nothing as they dragged their feet once again with Dak Prescott in 2020. That led to him signing a deal worth $160 million over four years in 2021.

Oddly enough, the only time they rushed to pay someone was in 2019 when they gave Ezekiel Elliott a comically oversized contract. Elliott, who had already taken far too many carries, was signed to a six-year extension for $95 million. He was released in 2023, which was the first time they could feasibly get out of that deal — although he's back now after spending a year in New England.

Entering 2024, the Cowboys once again find themselves facing contract dillemas. This time, it's CeeDee Lamb as well as Prescott who enter the final year of their deals. Micah Parsons had one more season beyond this but he too is eligible for an extension. in typical Jerry and Stephen Jones fashion, they've made no progress with any player — and Lamb is even holding out.

With no WR1 options behind Lamb and Prescott having a clause in his contract preventing the use of the franchise tag in 2025, the Cowboys have no leverage whatsoever. Thy've also seen prices skyrocket at WR and QB, which is why their top priority should be to finally make a move and put these contract negotiations in the rear view.

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