Deep into the offseason, the Cowboys still have yet to reach a deal for a new contract with star quarterback Dak Prescott.
On March 16, the Cowboys placed the exclusive franchise tag on Prescott. If he stays on the tag, Prescott will receive a salary of $31.409 million for the 2020 season, a source told The Dallas Morning News. Dallas has until July 15 to work out a long-term deal with their quarterback.
Prescott is coming off the best season of his career, throwing for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns. The Cowboys have offered Prescott one of the largest contracts in NFL history, a source told The News.
The Cowboys’ proposal to Prescott is more than what Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz received in their extensions last year. However, one of the major holdups in the deal is the length. Prescott would like a four-year contract while the Cowboys want a five-year deal.
Here’s what local and national media and those in NFL circles have said recently regarding the quarterback’s current contract situation:
Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck (May 8): “When you go back to the beginning of last season, we were firmly in the camp and, basically, led to believe that we were doing the Week 1 game that a deal for Dak Prescott was going to get done that weekend of Week 1. Then it just lingered, lingered and now here we are and nothing’s still been done with regard to a long-term contract and that’s shocking as well when you consider the deals they have made. They found a guy that’s a great frontman for the organization, a wonderful young man and a really successful quarterback in the NFL. They’re not easy to find. I’m shocked by that too.”
Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann (May 7): “Dak Prescott’s situation confuses me a bit… If I was advising Dak Prescott, I would say, ‘Take the money.’ The aggravation to go through, the unknowns if you happen to go through a year, the free agency — yes, they’ve committed a lot of money to Amari [Cooper]. Yes, they’ve committed a lot of money to Zeke. But that’s a lot of money. What are you looking for? Another couple million? You’re never going to see the last year of this contract anyway…
“You’re not a top-five quarterback in the National Football League… You’re a good football player. You have the potential to be better, but what have you done?”
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (May 7): “I believe the franchise tag can be your friend. I don’t think it’s something to be disappointed with. I think it enables you to be well compensated, deservedly so, for the upcoming season. I always say the cream will rise to the top. If you’re good enough, the cream’s going to rise to the top and you’re going to get compensated the way you want to. Sometimes it doesn’t happen as quickly as you would like, but if you deserve it and you’ve earned it, it’s going to happen. You’ve just got to stay the course, stay patient…
“My message to Dak when I saw him midseason last year was ‘hey, whatever happens, don’t be afraid of the tagging. It can be your friend and you can use it to your advantage.’”
Former NFL offensive lineman Jeff Saturday (May 7): “If I’m Dak Prescott, I’m signing my tender today, I’m going to Kirk Cousins them the next year or two. I’m going to make it happen… From Dak Prescott, you’ve watched them sign your receiver, your running back, linemen, you name it, you keep going through it and you keep waiting for your contract. I don’t like the whole way it played out for Dak Prescott.”
Cowboys Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin (May 5): “It’s one thing if you’re making $3 million and you say, ‘You know what? I’m going to sit out and wait on the long-term deal.’ It’s another thing when you got $33-34 million staring at you. You can make up $3 million somewhere, you can’t make up $34 (million) nowhere.
“I believe that in whatever scenario he has planned out – none will require and I don’t think any will have him leaving $34 million on the table. He was a fourth-round draft pick who made $2 million last year.
“No. He’ll be on that football field. It’s just a matter of when they get him on the football field, and how long they have him on the football field. But we will get Dak Prescott on the football field. He’s a smart man. He’s not going to let that get away.”
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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News