There’s never a dull moment for Big D.
With the start of the NFL regular season still more than three months away, the talk at Cowboys OTAs is centered around the contract situations of star players Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper.
The chatter is so loud in Frisco, Texas, that Jason Witten is no longer discussing his surprise return to the team. Instead, the veteran tight end is vouching for the loyalty of Jerry Jones and Company and predicting new deals for his fellow offensive playmakers.
“Look, this organization is extremely loyal to signing their own players,” Witten said Wednesday. “They believe in that. I think when it all kind of clears out, that will be the same thing. I think these players know that — Amari, Zeke, Dak — that those things get resolved because both sides want to be there.
“I love how they’re handling it. They’re here working and they’re not getting caught up in that. I don’t see that being any issue because as long as I’ve been in this organization that’s never been an issue, and I think those players know that.”
Prescott is entering the final season of his four-year rookie contract and said last week agent Todd France is hoping to finalize a deal that will net around $30 million a year after Russell Wilson inked a four-year extension worth $140 million with the Seahawks earlier this offseason.
The 25-year-old quarterback expressed patience earlier this month when asked for an update on his negotiations.
“I mean, I want to be a Cowboy forever,” Prescott said. “I think the people that are doing the deal feel the same way, so to me, it’s no rush. I know it will get done.
“It’s all generational money, life-changing money, so it’s just a blessing to be able to be in this position. But as far as the numbers are concerned, my focus is on the locker room, and that will all take care of itself.”
The Cowboys picked Elliott’s fifth-year option last month, which will pay him $9.1 million for the 2020 season after he earns $3.9 million in 2019.
Cooper, whom the Cowboys traded for last season, is expected to make $13.9 million this season in the last year of his rookie contract.