5 Dallas Cowboys who deserve a contract extension

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup (13) Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Antwaun Woods (99) Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

The talk of the town regarding the Dallas Cowboys offseason is what to do with quarterback Dak Prescott and how much it will affect the salary cap. Another tier-one topic is which draft hopeful will become the newest member of the team.

A distant second tier either has to be what to do with the current crop of unrestricted free agents or which players on the Dallas Cowboys roster should be cut in order to save salary space.

The third tier is evaluating outside free agents that make sense but my third tier question is which current players under contract need an extension? It hasn’t been talked about too often but expecting professional athletes to keep quiet about their money until it is their turn in the pecking order hasn’t gone well in the past.

Waiting to pay someone like the Dallas Cowboys front office did with Dak Prescott is also not a very good idea. Almost every player who needs a contract extension has become big news in Dallas and dominates the headlines before he eventually gets paid.

I set out on a mission to not only identify which current Dallas Cowboy players are in need of a contract extension but I also wonder which players could actually help the current Cowboys cap dilemma.

Sure, I could talk about the current list of players set to become free agents. But the list looks more to me like journeyman role players who most fans want to retain not because of their play but because of the familiarity they have with said player.

It would not surprise me if the Dallas Cowboys allowed every unrestricted free agent besides Dak Prescott to leave via free agency as a total overhaul on defense is warranted. It certainly wouldn’t hurt their compensatory pick formula.

Players can negotiate their deals after accruing three NFL seasons so not everyone can ask for an extension. These five players look to be next in the pecking order.