Dallas Cowboys News, April 16: CeeDee Lamb Could Hold Out for New Deal, Ranked as One of the Most Likely Receiver Extensions, and More

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb didn't report to voluntary offseason workouts on Monday. That and more in today's Cowboys news.

Could Dallas Cowboys wide receiver CeeDee Lamb decide to hold out for a new contract?

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CeeDee Lamb Could Hold Out for New Deal

Lamb has been everything and more in the Cowboys’ passing game since being drafted with the 17th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. His 395 receptions for 5,145 yards and 32 touchdowns in four seasons have earned him three Pro Bowl berths and a first-team All-Pro selection.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the 25-year-old wide receiver wouldn’t come to the beginning of offseason workouts.

“Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb isn’t expected to attend the start of Dallas’ voluntary off-season program Monday while he awaits a new contract to replace the one scheduled to pay him a fully-guaranteed $17.199 million for his upcoming fifth-year option season,” Schefter posted on X.

Lamb believes that he’ll be with the Cowboys next year, as he told TMZ, “Yeah, I’ll be in Dallas!”

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Lamb Listed As Likely Receiver Extension

Pro Football Network Analyst Dallas Robinson believes that Lamb is one of the most likely wide receivers to sign an extension with his team.

“Lamb led the league with 135 receptions last season while setting new career highs in catches, yards, and touchdowns,” Robinson wrote. “He went over 100 yards receiving in eight games, setting a season-high with 13 catches for 227 yards in a critical Week 17 win against the Detroit Lions before managing a 13-98-2 line in the season finale.

“Lamb is set to earn $17.991 million on his fifth-year option in 2024, but he should be able to land a deal in the neighborhood of four years and $120 million. He’s holding out of the Cowboys’ voluntary workouts this week, and it remains unclear where Lamb sits on a Dallas contract priority list that also includes Dak Prescott and Micah Parsons.”

Robinson has Lamb as the seventh most likely receiver to ink a deal. Ahead of him are Jaylen Waddle, Brandon Aiyuk, Nico Collins, Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, and Amon-Ra St. Brown.

KEEP READING: NFL’s Most Likely Receiver Extensions

RGIII Defends Dak Prescott on Get Up

One person who is firmly in Dak Prescott’s camp is former NFL quarterback Robert Griffin III. Prescott is entering the final year of his deal — with a $55.455 million cap hit set for 2024 — but Griffin stood behind the quarterback on “Get Up.”

Furthermore, he believes there’s no way that the Cowboys should think about selecting a quarterback in the first round of this year’s draft.

“If the Dallas Cowboys draft a quarterback in the first round, I would say that’s organizational malpractice,” Griffin began.

“With Dak Prescott, you either want him or you don’t want him. But what you can’t do is say, ‘Hey we’re going to put you in this last year of your deal, you have a huge cap number, we’re not going to extend you, and we’re also not going to give you an offensive line to block for you, a starting running back, or a third wide receiver.’”

“We’re going to say, ‘Go out there, Dak, try to make it happen, good luck.’”

CONTINUE READING: RGIII Talks Dallas, Dak Prescott

Best and Worst Case Scenario for Cowboys Draft

The Athletic’s Saad Yousuf wrote about the potential best- and worst-case scenarios for the Cowboys in the NFL Draft. One of the biggest areas of need is at left tackle. With the departure of Tyron Smith, the team could opt to move All-Pro left guard Tyler Smith over to the blindside. However, head coach Mike McCarthy has been open about wanting to keep Tyler Smith at guard.

“It’s an understandable desire, given left guard is Smith’s natural position and he is a more effective overall player inside than on the edge,” Yousuf wrote. “With the Cowboys ignoring the left tackle position in free agency, the best-case scenario for the draft has to involve finding a Day 1 starter at left tackle.”

As for the worst-case scenario, another team could jump the Cowboys on their preferred selection.

“That means if another team is eyeing a player at that position, it could make the effort to clean up business ahead of Dallas’ selection, similar to what the Philadelphia Eagles did in the second round in 2018 when they jumped the Cowboys to ensure they got tight end Dallas Goedert,” Yousuf wrote.

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