KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Count former NFL quarterback Michael Vick as a Dak Prescott fan, saying the Cowboy will benefit from having Mike McCarthy as a head coach.
Vick, one of the honorary captains for Sunday's Pro Bowl, said a version of the West Coast offense will help the Cowboys.
"I think Dak is solid, man," Vick said Thursday. "I love what Dak is doing. I think to have a new coach come in the building right now is probably one of the best things that could happen to him, especially getting Mike McCarthy.
"He's an offensive genius, an offensive guru who knows the game and he will help Dak out tremendously, and the Cowboys will look different next year."
When Vick was an active NFL player, he was one of the highest paid players in the league. Prescott will become a free agent in March and should command one of the largest contracts in league history. The Cowboys have the option to franchise Prescott, delaying his entry to free agency. Vick isn't worried about Prescott playing for anybody else other than the Cowboys.
"Dak is a Dallas Cowboy for life, regardless of how they configure it," Vick said. "He'll be the guy behind the center for a long time and he's proven he's worthy of that."
Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper said he's looking forward to hitting free agency for the first time in his career. Like Prescott, Cooper can get franchised by the Cowboys.
"Nothing would surprise me," said Cooper when asked about his emotions on getting franchised. "You want your future secured just to know that to be comfortable about being on a particular team for years to come."
Briefly: The Cowboys will bring back Leon Lett as an assistant defensive line coach. Dallas brought back three coaches - Kellen Moore, Doug Nussmeier and Lett - from last year's staff. ... RB Ezekiel Elliott missed Thursday's Pro Bowl practice. ... Most of the Cowboys personnel staff left Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala., on Thursday. ... Cowboys VP of player personnel Will McClay on the team's current state at safety: "It's a developing position. I don't think we're the greatest. I don't think we're the worst. We want to try and continue to improve that spot, just like every other spot."
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