Cowboys News: Dallas’ stars discuss contracts, Leighton Vander Esch wins Home Run Derby for charity

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With the 2023 NFL Draft in the rearview, the biggest storylines surrounding the Dallas Cowboys are the contract situations of CeeDee Lamb and Trevon Diggs, their first two selections of the 2020 draft.

Dallas exercised Lamb's fifth-year option after he put together one of the best seasons of any receiver in the NFL last year. That lessens the pressure of getting a deal done before the start of next season, but in a perfect world the Cowboys get Lamb signed at their earliest convenience before his contract runs out.

Participating in the Cowboys' 10th annual Reliant Home Run Derby on Wednesday, Lamb was asked about his contract and future with the team.

“I’m very excited,” Lamb said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “Dallas is somewhere I’ve always wanted to be. I don’t see myself really wearing any other jersey. I don’t really want to get into too much detail on that, but I’m definitely excited for the future.”

Doesn't sound like Lamb is going anywhere. Executive VP Stephen Jones said recently that Lamb is in Dallas' plans long term.

CeeDee Lamb, Trevon Diggs confirm love for the Cowboys amid contract negotiations.

Can the same be said for Trevon Diggs?

As a former second-round pick, there should be more urgency to get a deal done with the 2021 All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler. There's no fifth-year option for second-round picks, so Diggs is entering the final year of his rookie contract. A new deal likely would see Diggs earn around $20 million annually given the CB market. Like Lamb, Diggs is hopeful to continue donning a Cowboys uniform for the foreseeable future.

Dallas loves you back, Diggs. That much is certain.

Receiver and cornerback are both premier positions. The Cowboys don't have any overwhelming contracts on their books that would dissuade them from signing one of Diggs or Lamb, but it'll be a big commitment nonetheless.

What would a home run derby be if we didn't shower the winner with praise? For the second, year in a row, Leighton Vander Esch took home the title. The stud linebacker cranked 10 home runs and raised $17,000 for charity by himself.

As a collective, the Cowboys raised $86,500 for the Salvation Army, and $1,000 each was rasied to the 10 player participants for a charity of their choice.

What a cool night for the Cowboys. Not only did fans get some clarity on Lamb and Diggs' contract situations, but the team raised money for a good cause and had a blast in the process. Doesn't get much better than that.

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