Following a disappointing close to the 2019 season, the Dallas Cowboys are set to enter a crucial offseason that will require some vital decisions to the roster. One of the most prominent voices around the organization has been Hall of Famer Michael Irvin, who has continued to be quite supportive of the team but, at times, has been some notable comments. It has become one of those situations as Irvin has put the Cowboys into a bit of a pickle with his latest words that may create some internal issues for the team and owner Jerry Jones.
Cowboys’ future with Dak Prescott
Throughout the entire 2019 season, there were pressing questions concerning Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott’s long-term future with the franchise.
The two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a new extension early in the season, which tabled that discussion for the upcoming offseason. Prescott has voiced much confidence that the two sides will work out a new contract to keep him with the franchise for the next several years.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys’ front office and ownership have stayed on a similar page with that dialogue centered on working out a new contract when the time comes. Dallas has done nothing but voice high for Prescott behind his play and leadership on the team, which gives off the notion that they are quite confident he can lead them to the Super Bowl.
However, things have taken a bit of a loop in another direction not due to their own doing, but rather a former Cowboys great and Hall of Famer’s recent comments about a particular quarterback.
Michael Irvin’s comments about Tom Brady
Over the years, Irvin hasn’t been one to be shy about his confidence about the Cowboys given he played his entire career with the franchise winning three Super Bowls.
However, he has made headlines for another reason as of late. He recently stated in an interview with WEEI’s Dale & Keefe that he heard rumblings that soon-to-be free agent quarterback Tom Brady might have some keen interest in joining the Cowboys. (H/T Ryan Hannable of WEEI)
“I am telling you right now, at the Super Bowl in Miami, some very significant people that I had conversations (with were) leaning in that same direction,” he said. “It was shocking. I had a vodka cranberry in my hand and when they said it to me I put the drink down and said, ‘Let’s talk a little bit more about this.’ I promise you, I had a conversation with people, I can’t tell you who, about that same scenario going down.
“I just don’t know if there’s a real possibility of that happening.”
Unsurprisingly, these comments caught some major traction that even led to the Cowboys becoming one of the betting odds to land Brady. Irvin’s words with saying “significant people” grabbed the most attention as it’s no secret that he still has a strong relationship with the franchise.
However, it didn’t take long to clear up the air about his comments as he took to social media to sort everything out. Regardless of that situation, the Cowboys will now be linked to Brady over the next few weeks ahead of free agency.
Cowboys sticking to plan
Irvin has created a bit of a media hurdle for the Cowboys to jump through, but it’s clear that they want to have Prescott as their franchise quarterback.
At the same time, it shouldn’t mean that Dallas will not at least see if there is any real interest from Brady to make the jump. If not, the team is already set with their young quarterback to head the charge for years to come. Prescott will also enter his first year under head coach Mike McCarthy, which the franchise is hoping the pairing can lead to a tremendous amount of success.
All in all, Irvin’s comments do rattle the boat a bit, but that won’t alter the team’s plans with Prescott for the long haul.