Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will pledge $1million to improve police training and address systemic racism through education and advocacy in the United States following the death of George Floyd. 

Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis last week, prompting demonstrations and riots across the United States and beyond. 

Prescott commented on the situation with an Instagram post on Wednesday that started: "As a black multiracial American, I am disgusted and unsettled!"

Prescott backed those protesting but does not believe looting or violence is the answer. 

He said: "I have viewed these protests and riots in our streets as a form of strength and an attempt to show we as black people have rights that aren't being perceived equally as our counterparts."

Prescott also had something to say to the "men and women that police our streets".

"I have the utmost respect for those of you with a passion for protecting and serving your communities. When you chose to wear the badge of a police officer, you pledged to PROTECT life and property through the enforcement of our laws and regulations," he said.

"How can you claim to uphold the law when those within your own ranks don't abide by it? You need to hold your own accountable!"

Prescott said he is taking action with the donation and "will act alongside of all of you!"

He added: "We will clean our streets and our communities not only of the looting and violence, but most importantly the racism, racial-profiling, and hate!"

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith said "I still feel great", despite five years away from the NFL.

The NFL reinstated Smith from an indefinite suspension earlier this month, allowing the former All-Pro an opportunity to return to American football for the first time since November 2015.

Smith's ban was lifted, with the 30-year-old's career plagued by substance-abuse and off-field problems – he was suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies as a member of the Las Vegas Raiders in 2015.

Despite an extended absence, Smith – who signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys – does not believe he will be impacted by his time away from the game.

"I still feel great," Smith said on Friday. "I still feel young. I still can move well. I still have a great knowledge of the game, if not better knowledge of the game. I learned a lot from the guys I played with in California and they taught me a lot of good things."

Smith added: "It has been a journey, indeed, and a journey I'm grateful for. I've had time to really work on myself and take advantage of all the support and things that have been offered to me.

"The way I look at where I am now to who I was in the past, I was a young teenage boy in a man's body, so a man on the outside but a boy on the inside. The way I handled the issues, life, was in that immature manner and that was fear-based and not just handling things the way I should have.

"With the time I've had to work on myself, it's allowed me to grow into the man that I man that I am so the man on the inside fits on how the man on the outside looks."

The NFL has reinstated defensive end Aldon Smith from an indefinite suspension, allowing the former All-Pro an opportunity to return to American football after five years away from the game. 

Smith's ban was lifted on Wednesday after the former Oakland Raiders – now known as the Las Vegas Raiders – DE met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on a video teleconference. 

The 30-year-old's career has been plagued by substance-abuse and off-field problems and has not played since November of 2015, when he was then suspended for violating the league's substance-abuse and personal-conduct policies as a member of the Raiders. 

Smith signed a one-year deal with the Dallas Cowboys last month and will be able to join the team's virtual offseason program next week and meet with team-mates and coaches. 

The seventh overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Smith ranked second in the NFL with 19.5 sacks with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.

In 43 games played from 2011-13, he had 42 sacks – second most in the NFL in that span. 

Daniel Jones said he has spoken to Dallas Cowboys great Tony Romo as the New York Giants quarterback taps into Jason Garrett's offense.

Garrett is the Giants' offensive co-ordinator after his contract as head coach of NFC East rivals the Cowboys was not renewed at the end of the last NFL season.

The 54-year-old spent nine and a half seasons as Dallas coach, a spell in which he only recorded one losing season and won three division titles, but tasted victory in just two playoff games.

Romo played in Garrett's offense until 2016, earning four Pro Bowl selections, and Jones is leaning on the Cowboys' past for the Giants.

"I have [talked with Romo] a little bit, not a ton to be honest with you," Jones, who has become the Giants' undisputed starter following Eli Manning's retirement, said on Wednesday on a conference call with reporters. "I'm sure I will as we get going."

The Giants (4-12) and the Cowboys (8-8) both missed out on the playoffs last season, finishing behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.

Jones added: "I certainly did that, diving into some of the Cowboys stuff and what they had done in the past.

"The rules make it tough to communicate a whole lot about that stuff, so there's a little bit of patience involved in that until getting to a point where we could get the playbook and kind of understand some of the concepts and get some of the verbiage. But I did my best to be prepared for when I could get my hands on that stuff."

Giants running back Saquon Barkley is also set to lean on the Cowboys, turning to Dallas counterpart Ezekiel Elliott.

"I haven't contacted Zeke yet but it's something I do plan on doing," Barkley said. "But I kind of want to dissect and get the system down myself and then get to Zeke and see what he was doing here and what he was doing there.

"It's kind of like with anything. There [is] some basic stuff that you learn and some basics you have to be able to do, but at the end of the day there is some stuff you have to do as a football player to become great and use your creativity. And I will definitely use him to try to learn from him and see what he was able to do."

Dallas Cowboys great Emmitt Smith has urged the franchise to avoid "playing chicken" in contract negotiations with quarterback Dak Prescott.

Prescott is scheduled to play the 2020 season under the franchise tag which will pay him over $31million, with July 15 the deadline for a long-term deal to be reached.

Reports this week suggested Prescott could become the NFL's highest-paid player with terms worth $35m annually, though he was pushing for a four-year deal rather than five years.

The Cowboys swooped to sign veteran QB Andy Dalton when he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals this month but reiterated their desire to reach an agreement with Prescott.

Smith, a three-time Super Bowl winner with the Cowboys, has faith a deal will get done despite the constant media speculation.

"As far as the players go, Dak is not worried whether or not he's going to get signed," Smith said on 105.3 The Fan.

"I'm not even concerned. I believe he will get it done and I believe the Cowboys will get it done. We don't have room to be playing games or playing chicken.

"It's important to press people that need something to talk about because you don't have much to talk about because we don't have camps and minicamps and so forth. 

"The business of leverage, when you have leverage then you try to set the rules and the only way you fight leverage is you fight it by establishing your ground. I think at some point this stuff will subside."

Smith's take came after another former Cowboys first-round pick, Marcus Spears, opined Prescott would be "crazy" not to sign a deal for the amounts reported, but suggested the saga was not normal.

"If they've offered Dak $35million a year and over $100million guaranteed and he's turning it down because of an extra year, Dak is crazy," Spears said to ESPN. 

"I've never known a guy to fight over a year if he's going to get $100million guaranteed, because, usually, all that matters to NFL players is, 'What am I getting going to my bank account?'.

"[But] I'm thinking something about the structure of this contract is giving Dak and his agent pause before signing."

Since the start of last season, the Cowboys have agreed big-money extensions with Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith and Demarcus Lawrence.

Spears added: "Out of every [QB] contract we've watched get done [on other teams] there was not this delay. There was not this many players being signed to the team before the quarterback.

"There was not a nine-year starter [Dalton] signed as a backup. We keep watching it like they'll go about normal business and get the deal done. All of this stuff, this ain't normal!"

The Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints will each enter the 2020 season with high-profile backups.

Dallas signed Andy Dalton to a one-year, $7million contract on Saturday, the former Cincinnati Bengal following Jameis Winston in finding a new home.

Winston signed with the New Orleans Saints on a deal worth only $1.1m, a meagre sum for the NFL's passing yards leader in 2019.

They are excellent options to have in reserve and feature on our list of the best backups in the league.

 

Nick Mullens - San Francisco 49ers

Key Stat: Mullens' yards-per-attempt average of 8.31 ranked fifth in the NFL in 2018.

Mullens couldn't rescue San Francisco's 2018 season, which fell apart when Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3. However, after he replaced an injured C.J. Beathard in Week 9 he kept the starting job for the rest of the campaign.

He impressed with his poise and his ability to run Kyle Shanahan's offense, keeping the Niners competitive down the stretch and winning three of his eight starts. Mullens was arguably the premier backup in the league going into the 2019 season but was not needed to step in as Garoppolo helped the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

Jacoby Brissett - Indianapolis Colts

Key Stat: Brissett was tied for 11th in touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2019, throwing for 18 scores and just six picks. 

The starter for the Colts last season after Andrew Luck's shock retirement, Brissett looks set to return to the backup role for the last year of his contract.

Indianapolis signed Philip Rivers to a one-year deal in the offseason, with the Colts deciding to upgrade after Brissett failed to elevate a team that struggled with injuries to the playoffs last season.

Brissett, however, has an extremely strong arm, can make plays on the move and took care of the football in 2019. His 12-20 record as a starter should not discourage teams from trying to sign him next offseason or acquire him in a trade ahead of the 2020 campaign.

Marcus Mariota - Las Vegas Raiders

Key Stat: Mariota had his best statistical season in 2016, ranking in the top 10 in passer rating (95.6), TD-INT ratio (2.89) and yards per completion (12.41)

Mariota declined in 2019 and surrendered his starting role with the Tennessee Titans to Ryan Tannehill, who led them to the AFC Championship game.

The second overall pick in the 2015 draft, Mariota unquestionably has the right pedigree, having guided the Titans to a playoff win in the 2017 season.

He has the skill set as a thrower and a runner to push starter Derek Carr and it would be no surprise if the Raiders' first season in Las Vegas is marked by a quarterback controversy.

Andy Dalton - Dallas Cowboys

Key Stat: Dalton was second in the NFL with a passer rating of 106.3 in 2015, only Russell Wilson (110.1) was superior in that regard.

The Cowboys' decision to invest in another quarterback may raise eyebrows given they are still to sign starter Dak Prescott to a new deal.

However, the expectation is that Dallas will eventually get a deal done with their franchise quarterback, and Dalton gives them an insurance policy who is worthy of having a starting job.

Dalton played at an MVP level in 2015, when a broken thumb derailed his and the Bengals' Super Bowl aspirations. He never recaptured that form in Cincinnati but his availability to serve as a backup for the Cowboys is indicative of the surplus of quarterback talent in the league.

Jameis Winston - New Orleans Saints

Key Stat: Winston's 5,109 passing yards led the NFL in 2019, he racked up 54 passing plays of 25 yards or more.

Winston was once thought to be seeking a contract in the region of $30million a year as his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers neared its end.

However, his proclivity for turning the ball over - he threw 30 interceptions in 2019 - was undoubtedly a factor in him having to settle for a substantially less lucrative deal in New Orleans after the Bucs opted to sign Tom Brady.

The first overall pick in 2015, Winston carries considerable upside as a downfield passer and is the most talented reserve in the NFL.

He has yet to channel that talent into consistency but, with Drew Brees approaching perhaps the final season of his decorated career, Winston has the perfect opportunity to transform his fortunes under head coach Sean Payton.

The Dallas Cowboys have signed former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, the NFL franchise confirmed on Saturday.

Following reports, the Cowboys announced an agreement with Dalton on a one-year deal following his departure from the Bengals.

The deal for Dalton is reportedly worth a guaranteed $3million and could be worth up to $7m.  

Dalton spent nine seasons with the Bengals and helped lead them to the playoffs five times before he was released on Thursday after Cincinnati selected Joe Burrow with the top overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Dalton posted a 70-61-2 regular-season record as Cincinnati's starting quarterback, but the Bengals have not won a playoff game since 1990.  

In Dallas, Dalton will serve as backup to Dak Prescott – who was given the franchise tag by the Cowboys earlier this offseason. 

Dallas are still trying to come to a long-term contract agreement with Prescott.  

Dalton – the Bengals' career leader in touchdown passes and a three-time Pro Bowler – already has a home in Dallas and played in college at nearby TCU.  

The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly signed former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, NFL franchise the Cowboys signed Dalton to a one-year deal after his Cincinnati exit.

The deal is reportedly worth a guaranteed $3million and could be worth up to $7m.  

Dalton spent nine seasons with the Bengals and helped lead them to the playoffs five times before he was released on Thursday after Cincinnati drafted quarterback Joe Burrow with the top overall pick in last month's draft.  

Dalton posted a 70-61-2 regular-season record as Cincinnati's starting QB, but the Bengals have not won a playoff game since 1990.  

In Dallas, Dalton will serve as backup to Dak Prescott – who was given the franchise tag by the Cowboys earlier this offseason. 

Dallas are still trying to come to a long-term contract agreement with Prescott.  

Dalton – the Bengals' career leader in touchdown passes and a three-time Pro Bowler – already has a home in Dallas and played in college at nearby TCU.  

The Philadelphia Eagles boosted their receiver stocks by acquiring veteran Marquise Goodwin from the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco had confirmed wide receiver Goodwin was on the trading block prior to the NFL Draft, while Philadelphia's needs at receiver were well documented.

So, the Eagles and last season's Super Bowl runners-up the 49ers struck a deal on Saturday.

The Eagles – who selected wide receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round of the draft – sent the 190th pick to the 49ers in exchange for speedster Goodwin and the 120th selection.

Goodwin had 12 receptions for 186 yards in nine games last season before landing on Injured Reserve and missing San Francisco's run to the NFL Super Bowl. 

A third-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2013, Goodwin signed as a free agent with the 49ers in March 2017 after spending his first four years in Buffalo.

The 2017 season ended up being the best of Goodwin's seven-year career, as the 29-year-old finished with personal bests of 56 receptions and 962 yards. 

Meanwhile, the Eagles and NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys were involved in a rare trade on the third and final day of the NFL Draft.

For the first time since 2010, Philadelphia and Dallas made a draft-day trade after the Cowboys gave up a 2021 fifth-round pick and this year's 164th selection for the Eagles' 146th spot.

It allowed the Cowboys – who narrowly lost out to the Eagles for a spot in the playoffs last season – to draft Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz.

The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft returned some normalcy to the sports world, even if commissioner Roger Goodell's basement does not quite exude the same glitz as the Las Vegas Strip. 

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the draft to be held remotely with NFL general managers, coaches and scouts isolated in their homes instead of inside team complexes, the virtual draft ran smoothly – and without much drama early on Thursday.

In what has been widely expected for weeks, and possibly months, the Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick.

Burrow led LSU to the national title last season, completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards and an FBS-single season record 60 touchdowns to just six interceptions. 

The second pick also went exactly like how many draft experts had predicted for weeks, with the Washington Redskins drafting Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young. 

Young led the FBS with 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2019, and was regarded to be the most talented player in the draft class – even ahead of Burrow. 

If not for Burrow's incredible 2019 season and because of Tua Tagovailoa's injury concerns, the latter may have challenged for the top spot in the 2020 draft. 

Tagovailoa became the second quarterback off the board when he was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the fifth pick.

One pick after Tagovailoa, the Los Angeles Chargers took Oregon QB Justin Herbert – just the third time since the 1970 merger three quarterbacks were chosen in the top six picks. 

Three teams that had selected quarterbacks in the first round of the last two drafts, used the 2020 draft to beef up their offensive lines to protect their young, franchise QBs. 

The New York Giants (Daniel Jones at six in 2019) picked Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas at fourth overall, the Cleveland Browns (Baker Mayfield at one in 2018) selected Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. with the 10th pick, and the New York Jets (Sam Darnold third in 2018) used the next pick to select Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton. 

After this run on tackles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took part in the first trade of the draft to insure their new – and aging – quarterback would also stay upright. They moved up one spot in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to select Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs at 13 to shore up the offensive line in front of Tom Brady. 

The next trade came 10 picks later as Brady's old team, New England Patriots, dealt pick 23 to the Chargers – who selected Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. The Patriots received a second and third-round pick from the Chargers and now have five of the first 100 picks of the 2020 draft and 13 overall. 

While it is possible New England could use one of those picks to draft Brady's replacement, the Green Bay Packers have chosen the heir apparent to 36-year-old Aaron Rodgers, trading up from 30th to 26th to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. 

The opening round concluded with the defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs selecting the first running back to bookend the first round with LSU picks, taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire – the 14th player drafted out of the SEC. 

Wide receiver is considered to be the deepest position in the draft, and six went in the first round – but none until 12, when Alabama's Henry Ruggs III became the first player ever selected by the Raiders in their new home of Las Vegas. 

While Las Vegas was not able to host the draft festivities this year, Goodell announced that the city has been awarded the 2022 draft, with the commissioner saying, "We think you deserve another shot".

 

First round selections:

1. Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals)
2. Chase Young (Washington Redskins)
3. Jeff Okudah (Detroit Lions)
4. Andrew Thomas (New York Giants)
5. Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins)
6. Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)
7. Derrick Brown (Carolina Panthers)
8. Isaiah Simmons (Arizona Cardinals)
9. CJ Henderson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
10. Jedrick Wills Jr. (Cleveland Browns)
11. Mekhi Becton (New York Jets)
12. Henry Ruggs III (Las Vegas Raiders)
13. Tristan Wirfs (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
14. Javon Kinlaw (San Francisco 49ers)
15. Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos)
16. A.J. Terrell (Atlanta Falcons)
17. CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys)
18. Austin Jackson (Miami Dolphins)
19. Damon Arnette (Las Vegas Raiders)
20. K'Lavon Chaisson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
21. Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles)
22. Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings)
23. Kenneth Murray (Los Angeles Chargers)
24. Cesar Ruiz (New Orleans Saints)
25. Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers)
26. Jordan Love (Green Bay Packers)
27. Jordyn Brooks (Seattle Seahawks)
28. Patrick Queen (Baltimore Ravens)
29. Isaiah Wilson (Tennessee Titans)
30. Noah Igbinoghene (Miami Dolphins)
31. Jeff Gladney (Minnesota Vikings)
32. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Kansas City Chiefs)

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is unworried about Dak Prescott's contract situation, saying there was no timeframe to re-sign the quarterback.

Prescott has been in contract talks with the Cowboys and Dallas placed the exclusive franchise tag on the QB last month.

The 26-year-old had an 8-8 record last season despite throwing for a career-high 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns as Dallas missed the playoffs.

The Cowboys have until mid-July to sign Prescott to a long-term deal, but Jones was unconcerned.

"I don't have a timeframe. It's not in a list of priorities as you could imagine with everything that we all are dealing with as well as what we're doing with the draft," Jones said during a conference call on Tuesday.

"I don't have the timeframe, but I'm not concerned about that at all as to any of those issues. Again, no surprises here. No surprise on the amount that the franchise counts against the [cap], and no surprise we're sitting here relative to where we are without a long-term agreement.

"What is the issue here and the challenge is how do we have communication with everyone and do the best we can with what we've got and what the league is doing as it pertains to getting our team ready.

"Dak is very much a part of that."

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott denied a report that he hosted a party attended by up to 30 people despite the state of Texas' stay-at-home order during the coronavirus pandemic.

It was reported by TMZ.com that Prescott had as many as 30 people – including team-mate Ezekiel Elliott – at his home for a friend's birthday party on Friday.

Police were called, but they did not confirm there were more than 10 people there, which would have violated social-distancing guidelines set to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Prescott acknowledged having people over, but said it has been blown out of proportion.

"I understand and accept that there are additional responsibilities and media scrutiny that come with being an NFL quarterback, but it is very frustrating and disappointing when people provide completely inaccurate information from anonymous sources, especially now," Prescott said in a statement to Pro Football Talk.

"To set the record straight, I know that we all need to do our best to socially distance and like everyone else, I am continuing to adjust to what that requires, but the truth is that I was with fewer than 10 people for a home dinner – not a party – on Friday night.

"I am very sensitive to the challenges we are all facing and making sure to support the first responders and medical personnel and everyone else putting in long hours. We are all at a time when we need to keep educating ourselves about the importance of health and isolation during this pandemic and I will continue to make sure to do my part by following the guidelines until we are approved to start returning to normal activities."

Earlier in the day while speaking on 103.5 FM The Fan in Dallas, Cowboys executive vice-president Stephen Jones said the team has talked to Prescott and Elliott about not isolating themselves amid the pandemic and they will not violate social-distancing recommendations again. 

"We've certainly communicated with Dak and Zeke," Jones said. "And I think they're certainly aware now of how sensitive these situations are. I don't think you'll be seeing that any more.

"They are certainly guys that we have the utmost respect for. I certainly know they understand the sensitivity of the situation we're in, it's certainly very serious and something we know they understand."

Aldon Smith has confirmed he has signed for the Dallas Cowboys, five years after he played his last NFL snap.

The 30-year-old defensive end, a first-round draft pick for the San Francisco 49ers nine years ago, had 33.5 sacks in 2011 and 2012 - the most of any player across their first two NFL seasons.

However, off-field problems blighted Smith and he was arrested for driving under the influence three times during his time with the Niners, who cut Smith in 2015.

He signed for the Raiders and played nine games in his first year, but Smith was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse and personal conduct policies, and he sat out the entire 2016 and 2017 seasons.

In 2018, shortly after Smith was named as a suspect in a domestic violence incident, the Raiders released the defensive end.

However, Smith is now set to return to the NFL having agreed a reported one-year, $4million contract with the Cowboys.

Smith would need to be officially reinstated by the NFL before that contract can begin, though Dallas are reportedly confident that hurdle can be cleared.

In an Instagram post where he was pictured signing his contract, Smith wrote: "Life is good. I'm thankful. I'm blessed. I'm a Cowboy."

Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick has announced his retirement at the age of 29.

A first-round pick in the 2013 draft, Frederick spent his entire NFL career with Dallas and was selected to the Pro Bowl on five occasions and named a first-team All-Pro once.

However, the offensive lineman missed the entire 2018 season due to Guillain–Barre syndrome, an auto-immune disorder that damages the nervous system.

While able to return to action in 2019 - leading to another Pro Bowl appearance - the former Wisconsin Badger has revealed the time is right to walk away from the game as he can longer perform at the "highest level".

"When I developed Guillian-Barre Syndrome, I did not know how to handle things. I was scared," Frederick wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

"That experience forced me to re-evaluate my life priorities. I spent much of that year thinking about both the past and the future.

"I realised how fortunate I was to make friends and become team-mates with some great men. Most of all, I realised the importance of my family and how much I want to be there for their peaks and valleys, as they were for me."

On his comeback in 2019, he added: "Each day I faced a struggle: I could no longer perform at my highest level. Playing 'well' is not what I expect of myself and is not what my team-mates deserve.

"Because of this, I know my days as a football player are done. I am proud of what I have accomplished in my career, and I walk away with my head held high."

Frederick signed a six-year, $56.4million contract extension prior to the 2016 season.

His decision to retire is a blow for the Cowboys, though the franchise have retained the services of back-up center Joe Looney for the 2020 campaign.

Dak Prescott holds "all the chips" as he bids for a lucrative long-term contract with the Dallas Cowboys, according to DeMarcus Lawrence.

Star quarterback Prescott turned down a new deal with the Cowboys last year to see out the final 12 months of his rookie contract.

The two-time Pro Bowler threw for a career-high 30 touchdowns last season, with a further three rushing scores, but is now set to play under the franchise tag in 2020.

Prescott has the backing of team-mate Lawrence as he reportedly looked for a four-year deal.

Dallas placed the tag on defensive end Lawrence in consecutive campaigns before he earned the richest contract in the NFL at his position in April 2019.

He believes Prescott is similarly capable of forcing the Cowboys' hand.

"I feel like Dak is a stand-up guy," Lawrence told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "He knows the situation and what to prepare for.

"I feel he is the ultimate leader. Understanding his character, I know Dak is going to be ready for this position. When he thrives, there is nothing nobody can say.

"You are going to have him to pay him his money.

"All the chips are in his hands. He will do the same [as I did]. Just having that pressure on you, there is only one thing to do - that is to achieve. I feel he is going to do that."

Prescott will work under a new head coach for the first time at Dallas this year after 10-year boss Jason Garrett departed.

The 8-8 Cowboys failed to make the playoffs in 2019, and Super Bowl XLV champion Mike McCarthy was appointed in Garrett's place.

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