close
close

Why not take tough action on contracts?

I'm sick of the Cowboys being so slow in these contract negotiations. They dilly-dally and end up paying even more. Why not be tough? CeeDee Lamb is already under contract for this season and they can put the franchise tag on him for the next two years after that. If he and his agent play games or don't negotiate in good faith, he can sit out and lose money. Don't the Cowboys need to end this ridiculous cycle?Richard Gaines/Oklahoma City, OK

Patrick: Oh, Richard. There's a lot to explain in your very emotional reaction to a very normal thing in this business, but I'm going to push aside the socks and shirts in your luggage and get right to the pants. In case you missed it while typing, you literally just described how they play hardball. Hesitation, as you called it, is a form of hardball. Otherwise, they would just dictate the market every time without negotiating. Isn't that why they got two franchise tags for Dak Prescott and two franchise tags for DeMarcus Lawrence? I could go on here and show you that they already do what you're asking them to do and have been doing so for years, which eventually leads to situations like holdouts (have you also looked around the league for holdouts or…?), and then you get angry at the symptom of the thing you've asked them to do and they continue to do. So, again, the Cowboys have been playing hardball for a long time, so if that's what they're doing You wanted to, grab a rake and help with all the “falling leaves” – with joy. Otherwise, you're really just annoyed that it costs so much to do business in Dallas, and that means you're sick of them playing hard to get and you'd rather not deal with people who refuse. Good talk.

Nick Harris: One could argue that the Cowboys are in this situation because they played hard. If they continue to do that, there is a risk that CeeDee will sit out the season, and then no one will be doing any favors if the Cowboys decide to franchise tag him. The two sides will have to agree on a number sooner rather than later, and I'm still confident that will happen. The two sides have been negotiating in good faith, but both are still trying to find the number that is best for each side.