The Dallas Cowboys might be done making big acquisitions this offseason, but that doesn't mean fans should let their guard down. With some $20 million in cap space available after Ezekiel Elliott's post-June 1 release hit the books, the Cowboys are primed to sign multiple players to contract extensions.
CeeDee Lamb and Trevon Diggs seemingly are next in line in that regard -- Diggs might come first given he's entering the final year of his rookie deal -- but we wouldn't rule out Dallas getting the ball rolling with Tony Pollard and Terence Steele.
With Diggs absent from last Thursday's OTAs practice, that left Lamb and Pollard to discuss their respective contract situations.
With the offseason program up and running, Lamb was asked about whether his contract negotiations could become a distraction.
Further proving he's the perfect player to build around, Lamb trusts that process will take care of itself. The Pro Bowler just wants to show up for work everyday.
Cowboys' CeeDee Lamb, Tony Pollard not worried about contract talks becoming a distraction.
"I’m going to be 100 percent honest, I’m not even distracted," Lamb said via The Athletic's Jon Machota. "The money, definitely worried about it. But it’s not nothing that’s really on my mind every day that I wake up or when I come to the building. I don’t really think about how much money am I gonna make. It’s really just all about coming in and showing my worth, and then let everything else handle itself."
You couldn't script a better answer from Lamb. Coming off a career year, one could understand if Lamb was focused on getting paid. While that's undoubtedly in the back of his mind, it speaks volumes about his character and mental make-up that he's more worried about showing up and proving his worth.
In 2022 Lamb ranked fourth amongst WRs with 107 catches, sixth with 1359 yards, fourth with nine touchdowns and fifth with 67 first downs.
Still just 24 years old, Lamb seemingly hasn't even entered his prime. With that in mind, it might behoove the Cowboys to get a deal done before the WR market explodes again.
Tony Pollard also addressed the media Thursday. While most of the questions centered on his recovery from tight-rope ankle surgery, he addressed his own contract talks. Though franchise-tagged, the Cowboys and Pollard have until mid-July to negotiate a long-term deal before he has to play on the tag.
Pollard echoed Lamb's sentiment.
"I let my agent handle that -- do the dirty work -- and I just come in ready to work," Pollard said. "We've got a great stable of backs here, but it's a great feeling personally when they look at you as the lead back in the room. I'm just grateful for the opportunity, and I'm ready to make the most of it."
No drama and laser focused on the task at hand. Like Lamb, Cowboys fans couldn't have scripted a better answer from Pollard.