“I’ll be in Dallas”: CeeDee Lamb breaks silence on Cowboys future amid contract hold up speculations

The Dallas Cowboys maintained a quiet profile in this year’s free agency. Their minimal involvement in off-season moves drew criticism from former NFL star Marcus Spears. The team’s Executive Vice President, Stephen Jones, has also has addressed fan’s frustration with their offseason moves but criticism has only been rising from the last few days.

The Cowboys are feeling the heat with the potential free agency of key players like CeeDee Lamb. Rumors of Lamb potentially holding out from team activities emerged, but the talented young player quickly put those speculations to rest.

CeeDee Lamb talks on Cowboys future

CeeDee Lamb recently shared his thoughts on the Cowboys’ future in a brief conversation with TMZ Sports. The uncertainties that often come with the offseason is hitting Lamb, but he expressed that his 2024 has been relatively stress-free.

“Relaxing, chilling, working out of course,” Lamb said via Dallas Cowboys.

The Cowboys star also expressed his excitement for winning by dispelling any rumor about his potential exit. He reiterated his dedication to being on the field with his teammates for another shot at success.

“Winning — I’m looking forward to winning and being out there with my guys, and making another run at this thing,” he said before circling back with his proclamation. “… Yeah, I’ll be in Dallas!”

Lamb’s dedication to the Cowboys is hardly surprising given his stellar track record. He has already earned three Pro Bowl selections and a coveted All-Pro nomination. The football prodigy finished the 2023 season with 135 receptions, 1,749 receiving yards, and 12 touchdowns. He also contributed as a rusher, accumulating 113 yards and finding the end zone twice on just 14 carries.

Details on CeeDee Lamb’s Cowboys contract holdup

This week marks the start of voluntary OTAs for the Cowboys. But their mandatory minicamp is not scheduled to happen till June 4-6. Meanwhile, CeeDee Lamb is entering the final year of his contract, and is reportedly set on securing a record-breaking deal.

Dallas Morning News reporter Michael Gehlken reported CeeDee Lamb would not attend the team’s OTAs. He said the footballer could be a potential holdout this offseason. Gehlken suggested that Lamb is adamant about securing a contract extension before stepping onto the field again.

The situation has led to speculation about Lamb’s strategy. Some experts, like Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk, predicted a “hold-in” scenario during mandatory minicamp. The Cowboys star would remain present at the team facility in this scenario. But he would abstain from participating in practices to avoid the risk of injury before finalizing a new contract.

Lamb’s desire for a contract extension comes as no surprise, given the impending expiration of his current deal. With a base salary of nearly $18 million for the upcoming season, he aims to secure long-term financial security and stability.

However, the Cowboys face challenges in meeting Lamb’s demands amidst a tight salary cap situation. With key players like Dak Prescott, Micah Parsons, and Zack Martin also seeking extensions, the team must address delicate negotiations. Even Parsons current scenario with the team sparked exit speculations. So, the team has a big challenge of retaining their core talent while managing financial constraints.


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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.


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