Report: Cowboys Likely to Use Franchise Tag on Dak Prescott

Matt Galatzan
February 02, 2020 - 12:36 pm

DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have been attempting to negotiate a new contract for some time now, with multiple reports of those negotiations hinting at the two parties being on opposite ends of the spectrum. 

Now, according to a report from ESPN's NFL Insider Adam Schefter, it appears the Cowboys are considering using the franchise tag on Prescott, instead of signing him to a long term deal heading into the 2020 season.

Prescott, his agency team, and the Cowboys have been in a back-and-forth with the quarterback's contract dating back to last offseason, with some reports of Prescott seeking as much as $40 Million, and becoming the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.

More recently, however, that number has dropped to a more manageable number, that would put him in line with Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz ($32 million), Rams quarterback Jared Goff  ($33.5 million), and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers ($34 million), which would make him one of the top-five highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL. 

Prescott's rookie deal officially expired at the end of this season.

“We’ll get to that when we get to that,” Prescott said during an appearance in Miami. “I look forward to talking to my agents and when that [tag> comes to play, the direction that we’ll go. Until that’s a reality, I won’t worry about it.”

The franchise tag, though only a one-year deal, would still pay Prescott $33.4 million, which is in the ballpark of the yearly salary he has been seeking. 

Stephen Jones has not been shy in his support of Prescott either, however, speaking out on multiple occasions confidence in his quarterback's abilities. 

"We have all the confidence in the world in Dak. We've never blinked on that," Jones said on the K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan. "I think Dak has given us every opportunity to have success this year. I'm as bullish on Dak as I've ever been."

Jones last spoke on the negotiations with Prescott with the GBAG Nation on Oct. 26. 

"The only thing we need him to do is work with us a little bit," Jones said. "And I understand because it's his money and it's easy for someone else to say, but the only reason we're having a negotiation is to talk him into all the reasons why it's good to have a good supporting cast around him. Other than that, it would be really easy to write the check. It's not saving Jerry and I any money. What we're trying to do is keep this young football team together. We think it's a really good one. We think it's only going to keep getting better because it is young."

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