Justin Jefferson’s Massive Extension Sets Stage for Cowboys and CeeDee Lamb To Get a Deal Done

justin jefferson’s massive extension sets stage for cowboys and ceedee lamb to get a deal done

Dallas Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb (88) scores a touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke earlier this offseason about waiting for leaves to fall before committing money to his star players waiting for new deals. Well, it’s beginning to look like New England in late Fall in Frisco, Texas, with the latest Justin Jefferson news.

With the Minnesota Vikings signing Jefferson to a market-setting deal, one beneficiary looks to be Cowboys’ star wide receiver CeeDee Lamb, who now may be the next NFL pass catcher to ink a new contract.

Is CeeDee Lamb Next To Extend After Justin Jefferson?

This offseason has seen the likes of Amon-Ra St. Brown, A.J. Brown, and Jaylen Waddle sign new deals that have put them all within the top-five of highest-paid players at their position.

With Lamb staying away from voluntary workouts this offseason, with many believing the reason is rooted around the desire for a new deal, the Cowboys’ star receiver could be the next to sign the dotted line.

Dallas has made it clear that signing Lamb is a priority for them, they just were okay with waiting for other dominoes, or leaves as Mr. Jones chose to say, to fall before doing so.

“We’d like to see more leaves fall. Sometimes timing keeps you from making a mistake,” Jones said in April while meeting with the media before the 2024 NFL Draft. He got what he was looking for as the tree is just about out of leaves now.

Jefferson’s latest deal will pay him $140 million over four years, a market-setting number. With that, the benchmark has been set for Lamb and his representatives to come to the table as a starting point.

It’s fairly common for a players’ new contract to set the stage for a comparable player at the same position. In 2015 for example, after the Cowboys signed WR Dez Bryant a four-year $70 million deal, the Denver Broncos agreed to a new deal with WR Demaryius Thomas for $100,000 more less than an hour later.

When and how this all works itself out is still to be determined. Still, there is at least a precedent for how quickly this could all come together for Lamb, especially with mandatory minicamp starting this week. It would then cost him money, as he would be fined if he remained absent.

Why Lamb Is Deserving of a Massive Contract

Looking at the numbers Lamb has put up in his young career, it’s easy to see why he was fine with waiting until Jefferson got paid to go back to the negotiating table. Jefferson is widely viewed as the best WR in football, but there is a case to be made for Lamb as well, and the production compared isn’t all that far off.

The star receivers have been nearly identical in all major categories. Jefferson has three All-Pro nods compared to Lamb’s two, with both having three trips to the Pro Bowl. Lamb has 395 receptions compared to Jefferson’s 392, while Jefferson has Lamb in receiving yards at 5,899 to 5,145, and Lamb gets the nod with 35 total touchdowns compared to Jefferson’s 31.

No one has batted an eyelash over Jefferson getting record-breaking money, and when looking at the numbers between the two WRs, if Lamb were to come in slightly north of Jefferson, no one should find that ridiculous either.

Dak Prescott or Micah Parsons Up Next After Lamb?

Lamb looks to be the first of the Cowboys stars to get paid, with his timeline sped up, but the question of who gets paid next is a little less clear. One would think because Dak Prescott is in the final year of his deal, and the QB position is one you don’t want to play contractual games with, he would be next, but it’s not a given.

Both Prescott and the Cowboys brass have stated that they plan to keep the QB around long-term but the actions haven’t matched their words in the way of a new deal yet. There is still much belief it will get done, but until it is, the rumblings around the situation will continue to grow.

As for Micah Parsons, his situation is a little less dire. There is still time to sort out Micah’s deal with two full years left on his contract and him just becoming extension-eligible this offseason. However, with the Cowboys continuously finding themselves playing catch up with these things, getting out ahead of Parsons and his soon-to-be mega deal, may not be a bad idea.

Parsons is expected to have a massive contract that could change the landscape moneywise for his position, and if the Cowboys can jump on it early, it may be able to save them several millions by doing so.

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