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What If Cowboys’ Tag Doesn’t Go to Dak Prescott?

The will have at in 2020. That's practically a fact even though he hasn't signed any sort of deal at the moment. Whether it's through a long term extension or the , he's the future of the team and the knows it. The Cowboys have until March 10th to use the tag. Otherwise, Dak would be set to hit on March 18th.

When talking about the team's , it's obvious that Prescott has become the of attention. More specifically, reports have emerged on the team's plans to tag the young quarterback if it's needed (did we need any sort of to know that?). Even if he's tagged, though, negotiations for a long-term deal would continue until they strike an agreement or until July 15th, the league's deadline for franchise players to sign a multi-year contract.

But speaking of deadlines, fans and analysts might be underestimating the importance of the one set on March 10th. Sure, the Cowboys can (and likely will) apply the tag to Dak to keep their starting QB from fielding offers in the market, but if they manage to sign him beforehand, the tag would remain an option for two other important .

and are also close to becoming free agents. Both are top candidates for the tag if Dak gets paid prior to the deadline. It'll be hard for the team to pay the three of them without designating a franchise player.

The WR market was reset by and , who broke the $20M per year barrier last offseason. According to Over The Cap's projections, the franchise tag value for a WR will be $18.5M.

As for the cornerback market, things have been different. Since 's extension in 2016, only ' Xavien Howard has passed him on the highest-paid cornerbacks' list and that was by a thin margin despite signing his extension years later.

The tag for cornerbacks is projected to be at $16.5M.

The Cowboys know they want Dak Prescott in their future. If Cooper or Jones leave, their respective positions become a top need for the team. If the front office believes they have a legit shot at a , keeping the three of them is the call to make, as costly as it seems.

But they might need to place the franchise tag on someone other than Dak Prescott to pull it off. The first step on the list, though? Pay the quarterback.

Mauricio Rodriguez
Mauricio Rodriguez
I love to write, I love football and I love the Dallas Cowboys. I've been rooting for America's team all the way from Mexico ever since I can remember. If you want to talk football, I'm in... You'll find me at @MauNFL.

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