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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Dak Prescott

Report: Dak Prescott, Cowboys still not in rush to get contract done

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have resumed discussing a long-term contract discussion, but that does not necessarily mean there is a sense of urgency to get a deal done — at least not yet.

The Cowboys have until July 15 to work out a long-term extension with Prescott, and a report on Wednesday claimed the two sides have been trading proposals and are making progress in talks. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media confirmed on Thursday that Prescott and the Cowboys have reengaged in talks, but Rapoport says there is no rush to get a deal finalized and “all involved would like to breathe a bit.”

Prescott and the Cowboys reportedly went months without having any contract discussions, so any dialogue should be viewed as a positive. The two sides have to have a good understanding of what the other wants at this point, though Dallas may still be hesitant to pay Prescott the $35 million or more per year he is said to be seeking.

The Cowboys have made Prescott some aggressive offers, but all that matters with an NFL contract is guaranteed money. Prescott could sign a contract with an average annual value of $35-$40 million, but he wants guarantees like any other player.

Prescott picked a good time to have his best season as a pro last year, throwing for 4,902 yards, 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He almost certainly wants to be the highest-paid quarterback in football (at least until Patrick Mahomes or Deshaun Watson sign their next deals), and the Cowboys may eventually grant him his wish.

Report: Dak Prescott making progress in contract talks with Cowboys

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys appear to be making new progress in contract talks with quarterback Dak Prescott.

According to Mike Leslie of WFAA, the two sides have made recent visits, and there is a new offer on the table. Cowboys insider Mike Fisher said the two sides are trading proposals of four- and five-year deals.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports added that the Cowboys would prefer a five-year deal, but ultimately may compromise as they’re the side that wants a long-term contract done more.

The Cowboys have used the franchise tag on Prescott, so he’ll be with them in 2020 either way. They do not want the uncertainty beyond that, though. They’ve made aggressive offers in the past, but the $35 million sum that is rumored would be the highest yet — and perhaps sufficient to get something done with the quarterback.

Dak Prescott, AJ Green, Derrick Henry headline franchise tagged players

Dak Prescott

With the legal tampering window of NFL free agency scheduled to open on Monday evening, several teams have decided to place the franchise tag on their star players.

Dak Prescott, Derrick Henry and A.J. Green were all franchise tagged by their respective teams on Monday, according to numerous reports. The Dallas Cowboys are still trying to work out a long-term deal with Prescott, and Jane Slater of NFL Network was told the two sides were discussing it as recently as Sunday night.

The franchise tag is not a surprise for Prescott, nor is it for Henry and Green. The Tennessee Titans signed Ryan Tannehill to a long-term extension on Sunday, which allowed them to save the tag for Henry.

While Green obviously wants a long-term deal from the Cincinnati Bengals, the expectation all along is that they would place the franchise tag on him. A long-term deal could be more difficult for Green given the significant injuries he has suffered in recent years, but apparently the Bengals’ future quarterback told the team he wants to play with Green.

One potential complication for the Cowboys is that they now can’t use the franchise tag on star receiver Amari Cooper, whom they are also trying to re-sign. That’s one of the main reasons Dallas was hoping to agree to a long-term deal with Prescott before the franchise tag deadline.

Dak Prescott, Derrick Henry among likely NFL franchise tag recipients

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The NFL’s deadline for teams to franchise tag players is on Monday, and there are still several players who will likely receive a tag.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, these seven players are still likely to receive the franchise tag.

The Tennessee Titans franchise-tagging Derrick Henry makes sense after they got quarterback Ryan Tannehill under contract.

An exclusive franchise tag for Dak Prescott, that would pay the quarterback over $30 million, has been expected. Prescott being tagged would also mean Amari Cooper is possible to hit free agency, though the Dallas Cowboys would still like to get him under contract.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers tagging Barrett would mean quarterback Jameis Winston could negotiate with other teams as a free agent.

Green also probably would not be happy with his tag, considering he wanted a long-term deal.

Chris Jones does not seem happy about his tag from the Kansas City Chiefs.

Still, being tagged does not preclude a team from reaching a long-term contract with the player. The sides would have until July 15 to reach an agreement on a long-term deal.

Brandon Scherff (Redskins), Hunter Henry (Chargers), Matthew Judon (Ravens), Yannick Ngakoue (Jaguars) and Justin Simmons (Broncos) have already received tags.

Report: Cowboys’ contract offer to Dak Prescott is above Jared Goff deal

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The Dallas Cowboys are hoping to reach a new contract agreement with Dak Prescott, and they are getting serious with their offers.

According to a report from NFL Network’s Jane Slater on Tuesday, the Cowboys’ latest offer to Prescott is “above the (Jared) Goff deal.” Slater tried to find out in what ways the contract was “above” Goff’s — total money, length in years, annual salary, or guaranteed money — but was not given that information.

Prior to last season, Goff received a 4-year, $134 million contract from the Rams that included $57 million guaranteed. That breaks out to $33.5 million per season.

The Cowboys reportedly gave Prescott a contract offer worth $33 million per season and $105 million guaranteed.

If the two sides are unable to come to a deal on a long-term contract by Thursday’s deadline, expect the Cowboys to place a franchise tag on Prescott, which would pay him $33 million.

In addition to locking up their quarterback, the Cowboys are also looking to sign Amari Cooper.

Report: Cowboys make Dak Prescott a new offer ahead of franchise deadline

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The Dallas Cowboys know they still have plenty of time to negotiate a long-term deal with Dak Prescott, but they would clearly prefer to sign the quarterback to an extension before having to use the franchise tag.

The Cowboys have sent Prescott a new contract offer ahead of Thursday’s franchise tag deadline, ESPN’s Todd Archer reports. While the exact terms of the latest offer are unknown, the assumption is that it is somewhere in the neighborhood of the $33.5 million per year Aaron Rodgers got from the Green Bay Packers and Jared Goff got from the Los Angeles Rams.

Prescott reportedly turned down an offer from the Cowboys that was worth $33 million per year and included $105 million guaranteed. The fact that they are offering him another deal could be an indication that the two sides are not that far apart, otherwise Dallas would probably just wait for the franchise tag and go from there.

Prescott was said to be seeking an average annual salary that would make him by far the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL, but that was likely just a starting point in negotiations.

If the Cowboys can sign Prescott to a long-term deal without having to place the franchise tag on him, they then have the option of being able to use the tag on Amari Cooper. Cooper is also set to become a free agent, and the team is hoping to bring him back as well.

Report: Cowboys offered Dak Prescott contract with $105 million guaranteed

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The Dallas Cowboys are trying to figure out the contractual futures for two of their best players.

Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper are both set to be free agents. Prescott and the Cowboys did not reach agreement on a long-term deal last year despite negotiations, but the Cowboys have no intention of losing him. They are expected to franchise tag Prescott to prevent him from getting away. The chances of a Cooper return are not as certain.

In an article on Friday for the Dallas Morning News, Calvin Watkins reported that the agents for Prescott and Cooper are in a holding pattern regarding the contracts for their clients. They are waiting to see what happens with the CBA negotiations before deciding their next move.

Also in the article, Watkins reported that the Cowboys previously offered Prescott a contract with an average annual value of $33 million and a total guarantee of $105 million. Prescott was probably wise to turn down the offer, because he had a very strong statistical season (career-high 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns, with just 11 interceptions).

Back in August, we heard Prescott wanted $40 million a season from Dallas. Maybe that was a starting point in their negotiations, but it’s clear they’re seeking big bucks for the quarterback.

The Cowboys have previously said they want to work out extensions with both players, as well they should. Prescott is a strong quarterback, and as we saw before and after Dallas acquired Cooper in 2018, the QB is at his best with Cooper around. Dallas can’t afford to lose Prescott and won’t. He could get $33 million via the exclusive franchise tag.