Around the League: NFL News & Notes 2.26.19
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Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones Provides Updates
Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones gave a number of updates on contract situations within the Cowboys organization per Dallas News' Jon Machota. Jones said the team is confident they can get a long term deal done with impending free agent DeMarcus Lawrence and is looking to get contract extensions in place with their young superstars Dak Prescott & Ezekiel Elliott. Jones also gave an update on head coach Jason Garrett saying the team wants Garret "around here for the long term" but added, "everybody's back is against the wall right now."
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said they have been negotiating with DeMarcus Lawrence’s representatives. Cowboys made their first offer. Hoping to now make progress in negotiations this week here in Indy. “I don’t know the timing, but I’m very confident we can get a deal done.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) February 26, 2019
Stephen Jones on why the Cowboys want to get a new contract done this offseason with Dak Prescott: “You look at a quarterback that has had the success he’s had...He’s done everything the right way. I think he deserves to have his contract looked at in a very progressive way.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) February 26, 2019
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones: “We’ve got it budgeted that we’re going to pay Zeke a significant contract at some point. ... We certainly saw what Gurley got paid and we know that’s probably where it starts, and we’ll go from there.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) February 26, 2019
Stephen Jones on Jason Garrett coaching under the final year of his contract: “No one wants Jason to be around here for the long term more than the Jones family. No one thinks more of him than we do. But at the same time, everybody’s back is against the wall right now.”— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) February 26, 2019
Cincinnati Bengals Looking to Trade Former Top Pick
The Cincinnati Bengals are shopping former first-round pick John Ross per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ross was the 9th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He didn't record a catch in his rookie season after fighting through injuries and caught 21 of 58 targets for 210 yards and seven touchdowns last year. Ross set the NFL Scouting Combine record for 40-yard dash time and still has elite speed, but it would seem both parties are ready for new beginnings.
WR John Ross— Cover 1 (@Cover_1_) February 26, 2019
7 TDs (5 RZ)
5 INTs (when targeted)
Per SIS & PFF pic.twitter.com/yW16WrfuVw
Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory Suspended Indefinitely
Randy Gregory's road to becoming an everyday NFL player just hit another snag as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the NFL has suspended Randy Gregory indefinitely for violating the "Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse and the terms of his conditional reinstatement." Gregory has struggled to stay in the league since being drafted by the Cowboys but did manage to have six sacks last season. It would not be a surprise to see Dallas lock up DeMarcus Lawrence and look for defensive line help in the 2019 NFL Draft.
San Francisco 49ers Tag K Robbie Gould
The San Francisco 49ers have used the non-exclusive franchise tag on K Robbie Gould per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The 49ers are the first team to apply the tag this offseason. Gould converted on 96% of his field goal attempts the past two years and has proven to be one of the most reliable kickers in the game.
Matt Miller Puts Jeffery Simmons as No. 7 Overall Prospect in 2019 NFL Draft
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller published his final pre-combine rankings and surprisingly, has Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons as the No. 7 overall prospect. It's surprising given that Simmons tore his ACL earlier this month and will be unable to do any of the physical tests at the NFL Scouting Combine or MSU's Pro Day. Simmons is considered one of the top defensive prospects in the NFL Draft and will almost certainly be picked in the top 2 rounds despite the ACL tear.