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Stephen Jones Says Contract Talks With Dak Prescott are ‘fixing to heat up’

Over the previous few weeks, the buzz about a new long-term deal between Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys has been the main topic of discussion. Both sides nearly had a deal done at the beginning of the 2019 season, but no agreement was reached and Prescott bet on himself, and it paid off mightily.

He would have his best season to date finishing with 4,902 yards (2nd in the NFL) and 30 touchdowns (4th in the NFL). After letting fellow 2016 draftees Carson Wentz and Jared Goff reset the quarterback market with their new deals prior to last season, Prescott has now set himself up for a lucrative extension, and Executive Vice President Stephen Jones knows just how important it is to finally get the Cowboys franchise signal-caller inked for the foreseeable future:

“We want to get this done,” Jones said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Things are fixing to heat up. We want to put every foot forward and try to grind this out and get a deal done.”

This has been his stance for quite a while now. Just last month, Jones made it clear that it was time to get Prescott’s new deal out of the way:

We’ve got to land the plane and get his deal done,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “That’s on Jerry and me. He’s our future. I think he stepped up and improved in all ways last year. … We went over this in-depth with Coach McCarthy and he thinks Dak is a top-end, top-caliber quarterback. We can do everything we want to do and more with Dak. McCarthy can’t wait to spend time with him. We’ve got to land the plane on his contract and get him signed up sooner than later. He deserves everything he has coming. We got real, real close there to start the season and just didn’t finish up. He’s so laser-focused on wanting to win football games and compete that he really didn’t want the distraction once we didn’t get it done in that first week of going back and forth with the contract. We just got to move forward. He’s our quarterback of the future. I’ll take him any time when you go to war against these guys. We’re fortunate to have him.”

The Cowboys and Prescott still have time to get a new deal reached. The deadline to franchise him is March 10th, and if that option is used, they would have until July 15th to reach a new deal or Prescott would have to play under the tag which would pay him around 27 million for 2020.

During Super Bowl Week last Thursday in Miami, Prescott’s comments about his long-term future showed there’s obviously some frustration on his part:

“You would hope and you would think something is going to get done, right?’’ Prescott said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Both sides of this equation want to get this deal finalized. In the coming weeks, the urgency to make that a reality will ramp up before the franchise tag comes into play.

What do you think?

Matthew Lenix

Written by Matthew Lenix

I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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  1. I suspect that Mike Mc is secretly urging Jerrah not to tie him long-term to a QB whose problems cannot be corrected by even the best of coaching. You can’t coach up accuracy; you can’t coach up speed of recognition; you can’t coach up throwing a ball which causes a league-leading number of drops (if you think it is only the fault of the receivers, think again); and you can’t coach up speed of release. (We were spoiled for years by the quick release of Tony Romo, who, along with that other “loser,” Dan Marino, had the quickest release ever recorded by the NFL.) They should put the unrestricted tag on Dak, and let him see if other teams are going to rush in and offer him more money, while giving the Cowboys two first-round draft choices. That’s a pipe dream.

  2. The one stat that is consistently left out is…8-8. He is exemplary in character and stability. That has to be factored in as QB of America’s Team. The only knock I have is in recognition, and ability to improvise at the line of scrimmage. Can McCarthy help Dak in this area, with his offense? If you don’t have the best arm, or aren’t the most elusive, then it is imperative to be the field general who is always aware of the current defensive scheme and where to attack! (See Tom Brady). To me, it’s what 35-40 million a year says your about. If Dallas was that confident, this deal was done a long time ago.

  3. Since when is $33 million not enough for a quarterback who has stated on numerous occasions that he is not money oriented. Now greed has taken over. Very disappointed in your change of character. Sorry, Dak, you’re not that good to warrant more than that. Where are all your play off victories?

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