NFL News and Notes: It’s Not Only Dak Who Wants a New Contract with the ‘Boys

It’s not all football-related, but there’s certainly no shortage of news coming out of the NFL these days. Let’s catch up on what you might have missed over the weekend.

The Franchise Guy

It’s been a long and sorted story between Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys over a contract extension. However, it appears that Prescott is finally ready to sign his franchise tender, avoiding any kind of hold out.

Technically, the Cowboys and Prescott still have until July 15 to agree to a long-term deal. Otherwise, Prescott will make $31.4 million during the 2020 season as a franchise player and be in line to hit the open market next offseason unless the Cowboys give him a long-term deal or franchise him again.

I Wanna Be a Cowboy

Speaking of the Cowboys, Jamal Adams may be close to becoming Prescott’s teammate in Dallas. Well, at least if he gets his way. Adams formally requested a trade away from the Jets last week and appears to be angling for a trade to the Cowboys.

Adams was spotted in the Dallas area over the weekend on a cellphone video that ended up on social media. A fan asked Adams if he was coming to Dallas, to which the safety replied “I’m trying, bro.”

Adams grew up in the Dallas metropolitan area, and the Cowboys were on the list of teams that he reportedly gave the Jets as teams he would like to join via trade. Dallas was engaged in trade talks with the Jets last October, but no deal materialized. Adams is frustrated with the Jets over the lack of an extension, although some reports indicate that Adams might drop his bid for an extension if he goes to the Cowboys.

One of the Tiers

In preparation for playing the NFL season amidst a pandemic, the NFL recently sent out a memo to teams instructing them to divide personnel within the organization into “tiers” that dictates what people can go to what places as a way to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The idea is to limit locker rooms, sidelines, and training rooms to essential personnel.

Basically, each team employee would be assigned a tier, and that designation would determine what parts of the team facility they can access. The league is requiring every team to submit a list of employees, their job title, and their tier at least a week before the start of training camp. Both the league and the players’ union have also circulated instructions on social distancing measures, cleaning protocols, and how to determine if a staff member has symptoms of the virus or has been exposed.

Noteworthy Milestone

With so much going on in the NFL and the world these days, the Cleveland Browns did something this weekend that shouldn’t get lost in the shuffle. The team has hired two female scouts: Riley Hecklinski and Kathleen Wood. The team also hired Callie Brownson to serve as Chief of Staff for coach Kevin Stefanski.

Hecklinski will be a full-time scouting assistant after working as a recruiting intern for the University of Kansas. Wood will serve as a scouting fellow during the 2020 season after holding a similar position with the Bills and Eagles.

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