To little surprise, there's drama out of the Dallas Cowboys' training camp. While they have built a solid team that has a legitimate shot to make a Super Bowl run, there are three key players that all in the market for new contracts: running back Ezekiel Elliott, quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper.
But given the importance that each name provides in this Dallas offense, which one would you rather pony up for?
Elliott appears to be the contract they must address first, since he is not planning to show up until they do so. Unfortunately for him, the NFL has changed and the need for a true bell-cow running back is not there anymore. Todd Gurley's contract was supposed to change the landscape for running backs, but after showing obvious signs of wear, the $45 million guaranteed in the deal will likely scare most teams away from investing too much in the position.
Prescott has received more than his fair share of criticism, but Dallas has been adamant that he is their guy at the quarterback position. The team even offered him $30 million per year, which he recently turned down in hopes of a better offer. While some may not feel he is warrants that kind of money, Prescott clearly thinks he is worth more than $30 million per season.
Finally, the newest Cowboy of the bunch is Cooper, who broke out after being traded to Dallas last season, totaling 725 yards and six touchdowns in his nine games for the Cowboys. Cooper is likely looking for around $16 million per season, which would put him on par with the likes of Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, Brandin Cooks and Adam Thielen. And at just 25 years old, it's tough to argue that Cooper isn't worth that kind of salary.
If the Cowboys were to pay the top asking price of for any of these players, it's arguably Cooper. It's a passing league and Cooper has the potential to be among the top receivers for the next several years. As for the other two players, their asking prices are simply too high to pay up at those values.
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