With a new “super staff” built in Dallas, the players and fans are extremely anxious to kick off next season. While the season is over, the day-to-day operations continue and the next few months will make-or-break the high hopes for next season. The staff, important dates, impending free agents, draft picks, and the CBA will all have hypothetical impacts.
Head Coach Mike McCarthy
Asst Head Coach Rob Davis
Off. Coord. Kellen Moore
Offensive Line Joe Philbin
Asst Off. Line Jeff Blasko
Wide Receivers Adam Henry
Tight Ends Lunda Wells
Running Backs Skip Peete
Quarterbacks Doug Nussmeier
Def. Coordinator Mike Nolan
Def. Line Jim Tomsula
Asst. Def. Line Leon Lett
Linebackers Scott McCurley
Sr. Def. Asst. George Edwards
Def. Backs Maurice Linguist and Al Harris
Special Teams Coord. John Fassel
Asst. Special Teams Matt Daniels
Coaching Asst. Scott Tolzien
Strength/Conditioning Markus Paul
Jan. 31: Deadline for NFL teams to negotiate and try out CFL players whose contracts expire at 12:00 p.m. EST on Feb. 11
Feb. 3: Waiver system begins
Feb. 11: Starting at 12:00 p.m. EST, NFL teams can sign players whose 2020 CFL contracts have expired
Feb. 24 to Mar. 2: NFL Scouting Combine
Feb. 25: First day for teams to designate franchise or transition players
Mar. 10: Teams must designate franchise or transition players by 4:00 p.m. EST
Mar. 16 to 18: Teams are allowed to enter contract negotiations with agents for players that will become unrestricted free agents
Mar. 18: Teams submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents by 4:00 p.m. EST
Mar. 18: Trading period begins at 4:00 p.m. EST
While Stephen Jones recently stated that signing Prescott will be their No. 1 option, Prescott is predicting a “wild” offseason.
Dak Prescott forecasts ‘wild’ offseason for NFL QBs, but his mindset to stay in Dallas remains
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— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) January 29, 2020
Another priority is Amari Cooper, who hits free agency soon. Could he be franchise tagged.
Amari Cooper is one of the Cowboys’ top offseason priorities, but his 2019 season should give them cause for pause https://t.co/3Iyy92DLWf
— SportsDay Cowboys (@dmn_cowboys) January 28, 2020
For a full list of the Cowboys’ free agents, click here.
While he wants to play for the Cowboys next season, it’s highly unlikely. However, with his impressive recent work-outs and his stable mentality, he should land on a team somewhere.
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— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) January 23, 2020
Here is where things will really begin to start sizzling as the Cowboys will be rekindling discussions with the New York Jets. Last season, the Cowboys attempted a solid offer but the Jets were requesting a bit too much, asking for a first-round pick and two second-round picks. Adams signed a four-year deal worth $22.25 million on July 20, 2017.
First-Round Draft Pick
The Cowboys will be looking intensively at three top safety prospects if they fail at obtaining Adams. The top three are Isaiah Simmons (Clemson), Grant Delpit (LSU), and Xavier McKinney (Alabama).
Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)
There has been a sense of urgency to reach a deal between the players’ union and the owners. There are three things that could drastically stall the talks. The CBA is looking to feature a 17-game season, shorter pre-season, and possibly an extended playoff field. A recent memo was issued to the NFL Players Association that would include an increase in guaranteed revenue and minimum salaries, performance-based pay, injury protections and benefits for the practice squad players. The owners are also willing to decrease fines for on-field violations, modify the drug and disciplinary policies, and increase player benefits.