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The Cowboys are in a tricky spot as the and approach, which means Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper, a couple weeks away from hitting the open market, still doesn't know whether he'll remain in Dallas this season and beyond.

That might be why Cooper, 25, publicly reminded the world Thursdayhe wants "to  Tredavious White T Shirts be ," a sentiment he told105.3 FM The Fan in Dallas he thinks about almost every day.

"Everything the facility, I love it here in Frisco (Texas)," Cooper explained."Just the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy,I mean, you can't beat it."

Even with the Cowboys facing multiple tough decisions beyond what to do with Cooper, there's a good chance the receiver will get his wish.

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Dallas' priority, rightfully, is 26-year-old quarterback Dak Prescott, who also is in the absence of a contract extension or a tag. But Prescott has the leverage in contract negotiations with the team, which is bad news for Cooper.

One of two things will happen with Prescott before the March 16deadline for teams to tag players: Either the Cowboys and the QB will reach an agreement on a contract extension, or the team will franchise tag him, likely with .

Cooper should be hopingfor the former outcome, but given where things stand in Doug Flutie Jerseys  Prescott's contract talks, the latter is more likely.

Among the problems for the Cowboys (and, in turn, for Cooper) is the timing of on whether to accept or reject the collective bargaining agreement proposal NFL owners approved a coupleweeks ago. The players' voting period ends a day before the tag window closes, andthe results of that voting will directly impact how Dallas can handlePrescott and Cooper.

CBAproposal rejected: This outcome would make Dallas' problems go poof, at least temporarily. If there is no new CBA in place, NFL teams will proceed in 2020 through what's called a "final league year" under the terms of the current CBA. Those terms allow teams in the final league year an ability toapply two tags (both a franchise tag and a transition tag) rather than one orthe other. Under this scenario, the Cowboys could simply franchise tag Prescott and transition tag Cooper, keeping them both off the market and buying time for contract extension talks.CBA proposal accepted: This outcome is why it would be Jack Kemp Jerseys  understandable if Cooper were to selfishly vote"no" on the CBAproposal. If ratified, the new CBA would be put in place for 2020, and teams would only be allowed to use the franchise tag or the transition tag rather than both. Unle s the Cowboys strike a deal with Prescott on an extension before March 16,the QB likely would get the franchise tag, and Cooper would hit free agency.

That brings us back to Prescott's leverage, which he gained after he reportedly turned down a Cowboys contract offer worth $33 million per year and proceeded to play the entire 2019 season at a high level without getting injured.

Now, given the financial benefits of thefranchise tag for a quarterback unfazed by the lack of a long-term deal, plus the potential of for Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Prescott has no reason Stefon Diggs Jerseys  to settle for a deal before the tag deadline. He he deserves to be compensated as well as if not betterthan Seahawks QB Ru sell Wilson, the league's highest-paid player at $35 million per year. (Given the uncertainty of how a new CBA would impact player contracts, Prescott also might want to push for .)

That putspre sure on Dallas to give into the QB's demands if the team wants to make itsbest-case scenario a reality  getting Prescott locked into a new deal by March 16and being able to place a tag on Cooper regardle s of the results of CBA voting.

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The good news for Cooper is the Cowboys should be motivated to make sure both he and Prescott keep playingin Dallas, at least for 2020. The team has in available cap space, and though Prescott will earn a chunk of that, Cooper is the clear No. 2 priority over Dallas' .

Dallas also must take into account the intangible factor that is the Prescott-Cooper connection, even as Michael Gallup emerges as another top receiver in coordinator Kellen Moore's offense.

"From the time I got here we were able to hit the ground  Kahale Warring Jerseys running," Cooper said Thursday of his relationship with Prescott. "And just from my experience of being in the NFL, I wouldn't say that that's a common thing."

From NFL Now: WR Amari Cooper wants to be a Cowboy for Life. And Dallas wants to lock him up. Can they settle on a number?

Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)

The Cowboys seem to agree, which is why the player for whom they traded a pair of first-round draft picks in 2018 remains in their plans. Letting such a talented player walk would be off brand for Dallas.

This team is still owned by Jerry Jones, after all.

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