OXNARD, Calif. – Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Sunday nothing is occurring with contract talks between his three big stars: Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott, who is holding out of camp.
The Cowboys have held talks with Prescott and Elliott but haven’t finalized any deals. Cooper’s agent is waiting for the contract extension of Atlanta wide receiver Julio Jones to become finalize before he enters into serious talks with the Cowboys.
Jones continues to say he’s not worried about getting any of these deals done quickly and smiled when asked what it would take to get these deals kick-started.
“That thing got kick-started months ago,” Jones said after Sunday’s practice. “You say kick start? Just know like so many things it will happen. They’re literally [is no] concern on my part at all about any time frame that will happen. The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys. Think about it for a minute. The results are too good for them and too good for the Cowboys. That always happens when it’s that good for both of them.”
Jones didn’t know about the two-year contract extension the Patriots are finalizing with quarterback Tom Brady. Jones said that contract has no bearing on what he will pay Prescott.
“Just that it is the best example of what you can do with a quarterback that has leadership and skills and work ethic and Brady is all that,” Jones said. “Without saying something that Dak doesn’t want me to say, Dak enjoys many of those same kinds of skills and they came from about the same place, back in the race from the back of the pack.”
When asked would he like to see Prescott take a team-friendly deal much like Brady, Jones cracked, “We won’t get into that. There’s other pressing issues.”
And while Jones said there is nothing new with the Big Three of the Cowboys, he intimated there could be other players in line for new contracts. Several other Cowboys’ players such as cornerback Byron Jones and right tackle La’el Collins are entering the final year of their contracts. Team officials haven’t had any substantial talks with their representatives.
“Nothing to report about any of our agreements, of course, I know the top three you’re talking about,” Jones said. “But as I’ve so often mentioned we’re probably seven or eight other contracts that we’re in the process of negotiating, (in an) aspect of it or preparing to negotiate. We don’t have anything specifics about any of our players contracts.”
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