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Proposed CBA could hurt the Cowboys’ chances of retaining top talent before free agency

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The new proposed CBA could hurt the Dallas Cowboys chances at retaining both Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper this offseason. If the new league year kicks off without a new CBA, it will allow teams to use a transition tag and a franchise tag, something that wouldn’t be possible with a new CBA, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk points out.

“For Dallas, it’s quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper. If there’s a new CBA, one of them will be hitting the market — unless the other signs a new deal before the deadline for applying the tag. And for as much as the Cowboys need to keep Prescott, the prospect of using a first-round pick for Cooper and getting only a season-and-a-half out of him is the kind of thing that could get a G.M. fired, if the G.M. wasn’t also the owner.”

Losing either guy is a big loss, but there is no chance the Cowboys can risk letting Prescott go to free agency, or they could have to start a full-blown rebuild. Another team that could have some trouble if a new CBA is agreed upon before the new league year is the Tennessee Titans.

The Titans are going to try and bring back both Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry, but they will probably have to expose at least one to free agency and hope they can convince them to come back. The new league will kick off March 18th, but a lot still has to be decided before that.