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BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Apply Franchise Tag to QB Dak Prescott

As has been expected for a while now, the have applied their 2020 exclusive to .This will allow the Cowboys to continue negotiations with Prescott without any interference from other NFL teams, and at the very least should secure his services for next season.

The deadline to use the franchise tag was 12:00 pm EST today. Dallas now has until July 15th to get Dak signed to a long-term deal if they don't want him to play 2020 on the franchise tag.

The “exclusive” franchise tag guarantees Prescott the average of the top-five salaries from NFL quarterbacks, which should be around $33 million this season.

When the new collective bargaining agreement was officially approved yesterday, teams lost the ability to use both the franchise and transition tags in 2020. That means Dallas will now have to deal with other marquee like WR Amari Cooper and CB as unrestricted free agents.

As for Dak Prescott, it's hard to say what the future holds in these negotiations. Are we headed to another situation with multiple franchise tags, or will Prescott and the Cowboys be able to work out a contract in the coming months?

While this isn't expected, Prescott also has the option to hold out and not to the team under the franchise tag. We saw this in 2018 with and the Steelers.

That scenario seems unlikely given Dak's personality and the money that's on the table. He will still make about $33 million in 2020 after his rookie deal brought in just around $4 million between 2016-2019.

That said, this story is far from over. What will the final result be between the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott? And how will this move impact the team's ability to hold on to Amari Cooper, Byron Jones, and other key free agents?

It promises to be a busy week.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
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John Childs

All because Jones caved in to Zeke either restructure him or cut him and sign Cooper

Jerald Love

I think it is absolutely awful. I have been a Cowboy fan all my life but I really really dislike Jerry Stinking
Jones. He paid Tony Romo 100 million and he could not win a game in December to save his on life.
He paid Sean Lee 50 Million and he has yet to play an entire season always injured. Now when it comes
to people like DeMarcus Ware who had to go to Denver to get his money, Emmit Smith had to hold out
to get paid and now you jerk a QB you did not want who has been outstanding for his money. The Cowboys Will NEVER EVER win another SB as long as he, Jerry Jones is still sucking air. His ego like his head is as big as the State of Texas. I wish Dak and Amari could go to another team and win a
SB because this idiot with money does not deserve either one of these (2) players.

Becky R Koonce-Meyer

Because Dak and/or his agents or both are so greedy, he’s eating up half the salary cap, because he wouldn’t sign a long term deal! I feel we lost Robert Quinn because of this. Byron was too good and going to cost too much for them. Me, I would have signed Byron, let Amari walk, draft a new younger version. But, their ego was tied up in Amari and Jerry Jones has run off at the mouth about Dak.

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