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Dak Prescott's brother is really mad the Cowboys didn't lock their QB up

Dak Prescott's brother is really mad the Cowboys didn't lock their QB up

Wednesday's deadline for the Cowboys and Dak Prescott to reach an agreement on a long-term deal came and went, and now Prescott will head into free agency again after the 2020 season.

It's a fascinating development, especially after it seems Prescott himself tried to expedite the negotiations at the last minute and find common ground:

Ultimately, Prescott will play out 2020 on the franchise tag.

And it seems his brother Tad is none too happy about this fact.

Tad Prescott took to his personal Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon, just after the deadline, and shared his frustrations with the Cowboys organization in a very spicy tweet:

Yeesh. Not exactly the kind of atmosphere you want around your franchise quarterback, eh, Dallas?

The Cowboys' front office swore up and down, all offseason, that a deal was going to get done, and that the team is committed long-term to Prescott. But talk is cheap in the NFL, and when you really value a player, you make it clear with dollar signs. You know, like the Chiefs did with Patrick Mahomes this offseason.

Prescott had the best season of his career, statistically, in 2019, throwing 30 touchdowns to 11 interceptions, completing 65.1% of his passes, and averaging 8.2 yards per attempt. It was a great season.

But, for whatever reason, it wasn't enough to force Dallas's hand at the negotiation table. Very interesting.

Meanwhile, here in Philadelphia, Carson Wentz is locked up on a relatively team-friendly deal - the 17th-highest cap hit among quarterbacks in 2020 - through 2024.

You've just got to love what Jerry Jones is building down there in Dallas.

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NFL Rumors: Adam Schefter gives a more realistic opinion on Jamal Adams-Cowboys rumors

NFL Rumors: Adam Schefter gives a more realistic opinion on Jamal Adams-Cowboys rumors

In a matter of days, the NFL rumor mill saw New York Jets All-Pro safety Jamal Adams request a trade, name ideal destinations, and then proclaim he's trying to become a Cowboy.

It was a big weekend.

And Eagles fans - who know the Birds probably aren't capable of swinging a deal, and then paying, for Adams - weren't exactly thrilled at the prospect of such a talented young defender joining a division rival.

But don't fret over Adams in a Cowboys uniform just yet, says ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. It's not a foregone conclusion. 

Schefter gave his take on the Cowboys' pursuit of Adams on Monday, dousing the idea with some much-needed cold water:

I'm thinking about all the Cowboys fans who want to see them trade for Jamal Adams. How do you think the Cowboys are gonna pay Jamal Adams, and Dak Prescott, and Ezekiel Elliott, and Amari Cooper? It's not realistic, it's not practical. I know the Cowboys fans want to trade for Jamal Adams, and Jamal Adams wants to go to Dallas, and maybe that will one day happen, but I don't know how realistic that is. So let's look at things in a more realistic way.

Schefter didn't specifically make this a hard report, and more said it as a musing, but he's so plugged in that anything he says publicly about a team's future is worth paying attention to. He doesn't speculate just to speculate.

Plus it's a good point, and one many football fans have seemed ready to ignore over the last few days.

Prescott signed his exclusive franchise tender with Dallas on Monday, which will pay the fifth-year quarterback an eye-popping $31.4 million in 2020, fully guaranteed.

Even if Prescott signs a long-term deal that helps spread out the cap hit over a number of years - there's no sign the two sides are close on a deal, and there's no sign a long-term deal will be any cheaper - it doesn't help that Jerry Jones has handed out enormous sums of money in the last few years, without the kind of cap magic that Howie Roseman often works.

Cap website Spotrac took a look at money tied up in QB1 + WR1 + RB1 players across the league. Can you guess who finished first?

It's not a bad thing to have highly-paid players - that means you have good ones, too - but being atop the heap is almost never a good sign.

The Eagles finish 15th, thanks in large part to Miles Sanders' rookie deal. Even when Sanders gets paid in a couple years, the Eagles will likely be in solid shape. That's what Roseman does.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys are stuck chasing a high-priced player via trade without trimming the fat. The pursuit of Adams is ultimately a lose-lose situation for Dallas, from a personnel standpoint or a financial standpoint, which is music to Eagles fans' ears.

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NFL Rumors: Did LeBron James really almost join NFC contender in 2011?

NFL Rumors: Did LeBron James really almost join NFC contender in 2011?

Before becoming one of the greatest basketball players in history, LeBron James played football in high school, and was excellent. So good that, years later, college football coaches still speak about him in reverent tones.

The question, then, has always been: What if LeBron had decided to play football instead of basketball? How good would he have been? And which franchise could he have changed forever?

According to James and his longtime business associate Maverick Carter, Eagles fans nearly found out during the 2011 NBA lockout - in a bad way.

James and Carter revealed a wild nugget earlier this week about Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones offering James a contract in 2011, when James started training for a potential football crossover attempt in case the lockout went on too long for his liking.

Here are the direct quotes, from James and Carter

LEBRON: I had no idea how long the lockout was going to be, and myself and my trainer, Mike Mancias, we really started to actually train to be a football player when it came to October and November. [...] Mike kept talking about, “It’d be great to go down to Irving, Texas. It’d be great to go to Irving, Texas.” 

You know, Mike is – he’s from Texas. We’re both Cowboys fans. He’s like, “It’d be great to go down there to Dallas and suit it up for the Cowboys, how great that’d be.” The thoughts came into my mind. The thoughts came into my mind. Never having the ability to finish my high school career of playing my senior year, I have dreams all the time about playing football.

CARTER: I know [LeBron] got a contract from Jerry Jones that he framed and put in his office.

My goodness. I totally believe it, too. That's a classic Jerry Jones move if I've ever heard one.

Can you imagine the Eagles' cornerbacks trying to defend 6-foot-8, 250-pound LeBron James as he enters his athletic prime? 

In case you forgot, 2011 was Dream Team, and the Juan Castillo-as-defensive coordinator era. It was already a comedy of errors for the Eagles, just brutality after brutality. And then you throw Unfair Athlete LeBron James into the mix?

James scoring on a bomb from Tony Romo, over Nnamdi Asomugha's skeleton, might've been enough to dissolve the Eagles' franchise into dust out of sheer embarrassment and jealousy. 

Thank goodness James decided not to make the jump. Nine years later, the Eagles have their Super Bowl, and LeBron James is an NBA legend.

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