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REPORT: Cowboys, Dak Prescott Likely Headed to Franchise Tag Situation

It’s far from official at this point, but one of the NFL’s most tapped-in reporters shared yesterday that the Dallas Cowboys and Quarterback Dak Prescott are currently in a “stalemate” over his contract negotiations. Unless something changes soon, the likely outcome is Prescott being given the franchise tag.

The report came from ESPN’s Adam Schefter yesterday while most of us were preparing for our Super Bowl parties. But while the final game of 2019 was still waiting to be played, the Cowboys and Prescott are already battling for 2020.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

Sources: Cowboys likely to use franchise tag on Dak Prescott as contract talks remain at impasse. https://t.co/0DJz4Srw91

It’s really not surprising that Dak’s camp and the Cowboys are struggling to reach an agreement. Whatever progress was made prior to the 2019 season was dashed by Prescott’s career season, raising the bar for his perceived value.

But even with the higher passing production, Dak still quarterbacked a team that went 8-8 and failed to make the playoffs. That is a factor in the Cowboys’ evaluation.

Dallas’ front office and new Head Coach Mike McCarthy have all expressed that they want Prescott back in 2020. But they are clearly struggling with the idea of making Dak the richest QB in the NFL, which is what his camp will likely push for.

There is an eternal battle between a player’s value and the annual bumps in player salaries. Nobody would suggest that Dak Prescott is the best QB in football, but he’s the best of the 2020 free agent class.

Aside from wanting their starting QB locked up for seasons to come, Dallas probably also wants to avoid using the franchise tag on Dak so that it’s available for free agent WR Amari Cooper or CB Byron Jones.

Again, this is just a “likely” outcome at this point. All it takes is one side to bend for talks to heat back up.

Be prepared for plenty more updates like this in the coming weeks. Dak Prescott’s free agency isn’t just the biggest issue for the Dallas Cowboys but will be on of the hottest topics in the NFL for the 2020 offseason.

What do you think?

Jess Haynie

Written by Jess Haynie

Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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  1. This is what I have to say about Dak and what he thinks he is worth just go back to the 2018 year before Cooper came to the Cowboys it wasn’t good so the way I look at it is if the cowboys give him the big money and they can’t sign Cooper are we going to get the Dak that was in 2018 before Cooper?

    Another thing this past season other then the bad teams that he played good in all the other games he played against good teams he was average at best even in the Rams game it was there running game that was great in that game, all great quarterback win against the very good teams he couldn’t do that even with the good players he had this past season so what will he do with a lesser team because they have to let good players go because they can’t afford to pay them for me let him walk because if you sign him to big money and he does not live up to it your stuck with a boat anchor for a lot of years he is just an above average quarterback at best I know for a lot of people the truth hurts.

    One other thing is the only ones that are getting screwed is the fans the players and owners are getting rich while the fans keep paying more to watch bad teams play if you really break it down the amount of time they are playing is very little with the timeouts in the huddle and commercial breaks and the average ticket around 300 dollars not a real good bang for your buck then when I hear these players say they need to make millions so they can take care of there family well for that kind of money they make they can take care of your family my family and other family’s it’s a joke and for Dak and the rest of the Cowboys as bad as they played this past year they should pay the fans back money for sitting threw another year of bad football it’s to the point that I can’t hardly watch it anymore so when you sit there and feel sorry for poor Dak or any of these other players you need to look at yourself in the mirror and say what a dumb ass you are because these players are getting rich off you and your still going to be poor do you really think these over payed players and owners care about you just keep on handing them your hard earned money to watch a piss poor team play football what a joke.

  2. I think Dak needs to man up. He needs to decide if he wants a Championship team or the most money. Dak, Zek and Coop can achieve both if they decide to work together for that goal. This years numbers for Dak were a fluke due to different play calling for a new OC. His happy feet came back during mid season and Top-Tier QB’s don’t play that way.
    Either accept the TAG or work on a contract that is more feasible to reality. I would say 5 million Wentz and Goff is appropriate for a 4 year contract. Dak needs Cooper to continue his productivity without a doubt.

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