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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Dak Prescott

Report: Dak Prescott likely to be franchise tagged as contract talks go nowhere

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys have expressed a desire to sign all three of their core offensive skill players to long-term contract extensions, but Ezekiel Elliott is the only one who has received a new deal. Dak Prescott has been widely assumed to be the next man in line, but it does not sound like any progress has been made on that front.

Prescott is likely going to be franchise tagged by the Cowboys this offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Sunday. The chances of a long-term extension being reached this late in the season are slim, and a source told Rapoport that there is “nothing going on” between Prescott and the Cowboys. The team’s bye week two weeks ago would have been a good opportunity to hammer out a new deal, but no progress was made.

The franchise tag would not necessarily mean Prescott is going to have to play under a one-year deal next year, as it could — and likely would — be used as a tool to buy more time for the two sides to negotiate. However, it is noteworthy that a deal seems no closer now than it was during the offseason.

Prescott supposedly turned down a massive offer from the Cowboys prior to the season, though details about guaranteed money were unclear. There has been talk that he has not pushed for a new deal because of other revenue streams he has managed to generate, so perhaps he is comfortable putting the pressure on the team by letting things drag out.

Dak Prescott had wisdom teeth taken out during Cowboys’ bye week

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott was in some pain during the Dallas Cowboys’ bye week, but it wasn’t due to football.

The Cowboys quarterback had four wisdom teeth removed during the team’s bye week, which came in Week 8, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported during the network’s “Monday Night Football” telecast.

The 26-year-old quarterback began his team’s game against the New York Giants with an interception on his first pass. He regrouped on the next possession and led a field goal drive.

Prescott has passed for 12 touchdowns and rushed for three more this season. After beginning the season hot, Prescott cooled off during Dallas’ three-game losing streak, which coincided with several of the team’s key offensive players being hurt. Once many of those players got healthy, the team beat the Eagles in Week 7, and Prescott had his best passer rating since Week 2.

Dak Prescott: NFL should protect mic’d up players

Dak Prescott

Should the NFL and its broadcast partners be more careful about what they air from mic’d up players? Dak Prescott thinks so.

The question has been discussed ever since the public airing of Jets quarterback Sam Darnold’s “seeing ghosts” comment against the New England Patriots. Prescott weighed in Friday, saying criticism of Darnold is “super unfair” and he thinks players who say something “bad” should be protected.

It may seem silly, but ESPN’s decision to air Darnold’s comments has really enraged some within the league. One team’s coach is urging players to avoid wearing mics for their Monday night broadcast. Prescott seems to feel similarly about the situation.

Dak Prescott returns to game after being evaluated for concussion

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott gave the team a bit of a scare during the second quarter of Sunday’s game.

Prescott was briefly evaluated for a concussion early in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the New York Jets after taking an apparent hit to the head. He didn’t miss any time, however, and returned to the game as soon as Dallas got the ball back.

Prescott came out of the gates struggling Sunday against the Jets even before being assessed. The good news is that he was allowed back on the field and didn’t seem to be showing any ill effects on the sideline, so there shouldn’t be much to worry about going forward.

Jerry Jones: Dak Prescott price tag not changing based on performance

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has yet to reach an agreement on a contract extension, and there has been some thought that his performance this season may impact what he’s able to get.

According to owner Jerry Jones, however, that’s not the case. Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that such a narrative is “laughable.”

“Well, first of all, the narrative about his financial as opposed to how he’s playing is laughable. It’s just not that way,” Jones said, via the team’s official website. “It’s too much on both ends of that for both ends of the team and for Dak to equate his performance, stats, or won-loss these first two or three games.

“Let me get that real clear. It’s not impacting that with me at all. But I do see Dak showing the ability to handle adversity and basically go out and make the kind of plays that win important games for the Cowboys in the future. I see that.”

Prescott hasn’t significantly hurt his cause. He’s thrown for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns, though he has added six interceptions this season as well.

There’s nothing close between Prescott and the Cowboys right now. Jones certainly doesn’t want his quarterback trying to increase his price tag, which may be partially motivating these comments.

Report: Dak Prescott, Cowboys ‘not close’ on contract extension

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys have made it no secret that they would like to sign Dak Prescott to a long-term contract extension sooner rather than later, but the two sides are not close to a new deal.

Prescott and the Cowboys are not expected to agree to a long-term extension in the near future, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Team owner Jerry Jones said earlier in the month that an agreement was “imminent,” but that was apparently never the case.

Schefter adds that there has not been any type of setback in negotiations between Prescott and the Cowboys — they simply have not gotten close to a deal.

There were rumblings that Prescott was seeking more than $30 million per year prior to the season, and he probably has not backed down from any demands he made given the way he has played through three games. Prescott has thrown for 920 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions, and his 74.5 completion percentage leads the NFL.

The Cowboys know they can use the franchise tag on Prescott after the season if need be, so they have some leverage. Prescott is also said to be content not pushing for a new deal because of some other revenue streams he has created, and it’s possible the negotiations could last into next offseason.

Watch: Dak Prescott could not contain his excitement about spicy nuggets

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott has looked outstanding through the early part of the season, but the quarterback hasn’t been 100 percent focused on football during the Dallas Cowboys’ first three wins. For at least a brief moment, Dak had Wendy’s chicken nuggets on the brain.

How do we know this? NFL Films captured a hilarious clip during the Cowboys’ game against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. With play stopped because of a TV timeout, Prescott saw an advertisement for Wendy’s spicy nuggets. After rattling off the play call to his teammates, he couldn’t contain his excitement.

We feel you, Dak.

Spicy nuggets are a limited time item at Wendy’s, so fanatics have to get them while they’re hot (pun intended). Prescott has been locked in so far in 2019 and has a passer rating of 128.0 through three games, but spicy nuggets may be his kryptonite. Opposing teams should take note.