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Mike McCarthy gets a five-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys secured their next head coach of the future on Monday, when the team reportedly hired former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to become the next leader of the team. Now, we have some additional information surrounding how long his contract is.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that McCarthy’s deal with the Cowboys is for five years.

That is a huge sign that the team not only values him, but is very confident in his abilities. After being fired from the Packers in 2018, McCarthy has spent this season away from football, where he’s reportedly dived more into the analytical side of the sport and begun rebuilding his mindset.

Whether or not he’ll be effective with the Cowboys remains to be seen, but it does signal that the Cowboys were looking for a more veteran presence for their team. McCarthy boasts an extremely good resume, as he’ll be bringing with him 21 years of experience in the NFL, including 12 years as the head coach of the Packers. In that time, McCarthy won a Super Bowl title, and has proven that he’s able to work with high profile quarterbacks, which he’ll need to do with Dak Prescott.

McCarthy’s staff has yet to be rounded out, so the Cowboys coaching staff is yet to be fully formed, but with McCarthy now at the helm for the foreseeable future, it’ll be interesting to see just how much of an improvement the Cowboys will see. In a division as weak as the NFC East, even a slight improvement could mean a huge boost for a team that will no doubt have Super Bowl aspirations in 2020.