Source: Dallas Cowboys Increase Contract Offer to Dak Prescott

FILE PHOTO: Dec 29, 2019; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) rolls out in the first quarter against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

With a player vote on a new collective bargaining agreement pushed back and a deadline for placing the franchise tag looming, the Cowboys have stepped up talks with their No. 1 priority in free agency.

A source said the Cowboys increased their financial offer to quarterback Dak Prescott. Last September, the Cowboys offered Prescott a contract with an average salary of $33 million per season, with $105 million guaranteed.

The new offer isn’t known, but it’s clear Prescott’s agent, Todd France, is looking to make his client one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in NFL history, if not the highest.

Cowboys officials plan on placing the exclusive franchise tag on Prescott if a deal can’t be reached. Prescott could receive a projected salary of over $30 million if he’s placed under the exclusive franchise tag. The deadline for placing the franchise tag on pending free agents is Thursday. Under the current rules, NFL teams can place two franchise tags, exclusive and transition tag, on their own free agents.

Wide receiver Amari Cooper is the other high-priority free agent who could also get franchised by the Cowboys.

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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News, Calvin Watkins