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Dak Prescott

Report: Length of contract is only issue between Dak Prescott, Cowboys

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott is looking to become the highest-paid player in football, and the Dallas Cowboys appear to be willing to make that happen. While there may still be some disagreements between the two sides over money, it sounds like the most significant issue is the length of the contract.

Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan reported on Saturday that the Cowboys have offered Prescott $35 million per year over five years, which would place Prescott even with Russell Wilson as the highest-paid players in the NFL. That’s certainly a respectable offer, but Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reports that Prescott only wants to commit to a four-year deal. As of now, neither side is willing to budge.

Prescott and the Cowboys still have another two months to work out a deal, so neither side is motivated to cave yet. Dallas likes giving out long-term deals to star players, but Prescott is 26 and likely wants to be eligible for free agency again when he is 30. If he continues to play at a high level, he would be in line for a significant raise at that point, as the quarterback market has risen rapidly in recent years.

It still seems unlikely that Prescott will play under the franchise tag this season, though one fellow star quarterback does not think that would be a bad thing for Dak. If the only issue is the length of the contract, a long-term agreement is still the most likely outcome.

Kirk Cousins offers franchise tag advice to Dak Prescott

Kirk Cousins

Kirk Cousins has been hit with the franchise tag twice in his career, so he knows how to navigate it pretty well. Dak Prescott is potentially about to do it for the first time, and Cousins wants him to know it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.

“Anybody who I run into who’s been franchise tagged, we have one on our team this year in Anthony Harris, I believe the franchise tag can be your friend,” Cousins said on ESPN this week, via Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk. “I don’t think it’s something to be disappointed with. I think it enables you to be well compensated, and deservedly so, for the upcoming season. Then, 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. So you’ve just got to stay the course and stay patient. Certainly in my journey, it all worked out. I wouldn’t go back and change a thing.”

Most players dislike the franchise tag. It removes their leverage and gives them no long-term security, though it does pay well. Prescott may end up playing under it, but there doesn’t seem to be a huge amount of concern about his future.

Prescott is still trying to negotiate a long-term deal with the Cowboys, but things haven’t really gotten anywhere. He may end up being the latest quarterback to play out a year on the franchise tag.

Report: Andy Dalton signing has ‘zero’ to do with Dak Prescott contract situation

Andy Dalton

Was the Dallas Cowboys’ signing of Andy Dalton a message to Dak Prescott? Some are already starting that speculation, but the Cowboys are saying that is far from the case.

Prescott was given a franchise tag by the Cowboys but has not signed his tender yet. The sides are negotiating and have until July to reach a possible long-term extension. So were the Cowboys adding Dalton as competition and to pressure Dak?

According to what a source told NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the Dalton signing has “zero” to do with Prescott’s contract.

That is how we feel.

Dallas is not stupid. They want to sign Prescott long term and have offered him contracts. I don’t believe Dalton is a chip used to pressure Prescott, as some may think. The Cowboys saw an opportunity to sign a good backup for cheap. How could they pass that up?

Dak Prescott’s brother Jace dies – dead at 31

Jace Prescott

Jace Prescott, the middle of three brothers including Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, died on Thursday at the age of 31.

Jace played football for Northwestern State University from 2008-2010 as an offensive lineman. He was an all-city football player in high school and competed in track and field doing the shot put. Jace was a large man, checking in at 6-foot-6 and 343 pounds, according to his player profile.

“It is with great sadness and support that we share the news of the passing of Jace Prescott today,” the Cowboys said in a statement on Thursday. “The loss of Tad and Dak’s brother is devastating. At this incredibly difficult time, the Prescott family asks only for prayers and respect for their privacy.”

Dak and Tad have had a difficult road over the past several years. Their mother Peggy died due to colon cancer in 2013.

Dak Prescott stands to earn more than $30 million with new franchise tag number

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys continue to work toward a long-term contract extension, but the quarterback now stands to make even more money than initially believed next season if he is forced to play under the franchise tag.

The estimated franchise tag number for quarterbacks this year was just under $27 million previously, but Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that it was recently recalculated based on the 2020 restricted free agent salaries. The actual figure is nearly $31.5 million, which is what Prescott’s guaranteed salary for 2020 will be if he and the Cowboys don’t come to an agreement on a long-term deal prior to July 15.

Obviously, Prescott would still prefer a long-term deal. While the thought of pocketing $31.5 million before becoming a free agent has to be appealing, he stands to make more than $100 million guaranteed if and when he signs an extension with the Cowboys. Still, the higher franchise tag number gives Prescott some leverage, as Dallas would probably prefer having the flexibility to spread the quarterback’s salary cap hit out.

Prescott and the Cowboys have been discussing an extension for months, and there have been varying reports about the progress the two sides are making. We saw a similar situation with Ezekiel Elliott prior to last season, and Dallas eventually gave him a monster contract. The result will likely be the same for Prescott.

Dak Prescott, Cowboys reportedly had ‘very positive’ contract discussion

Dak Prescott

There have been a lot of reports recently about Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys making no progress toward a contract extension, but it does not appear that any bad blood is developing between the two sides.

It’s unclear if Prescott plans to take part in the Cowboys’ voluntary virtual offseason program, which begins on Monday. However, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports that Prescott’s representatives and the team had a recent discussion about the quarterback’s contract situation, and those talks were described as “very positive.”

Prescott and the Cowboys have been discussing a contract extension for several months now, so it’s possible the rumblings we have heard about them making no progress are overblown. Each side has to have a better understanding at this point of what the other wants, and several offers have reportedly been exchanged. It would be hard to imagine multiple offers being exchanged without some sort of progress being made.

The Cowboys like giving out longer-term contracts, but Prescott wants a shorter deal so he can cash in again while still in his prime and take advantage of the increasing salary cap. There may also be some disagreement over guaranteed money. Either way, the situation with Ezekiel Elliott was similar last year, and Jerry Jones eventually gave in. It would be a surprise if the Cowboys owner didn’t do the same with his franchise quarterback.

Report: Dak Prescott, Cowboys not making progress in contract talks

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have been talking about a contract extension for several months now, but it sounds like there is still a long way to go before the two sides reach an agreement.

There has been talk that Prescott will likely skip offseason workouts — even if they are virtual — if he and the Cowboys cannot come to a long-term agreement. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, there has been “very little to no traction” in the latest discussions between Prescott and the team.

Rapoport said the issue in the negotiations is more about the length of the deal. The Cowboys like giving out longer-term contracts, but Prescott wants a shorter deal so he can cash in again while still in his prime and take advantage of the increasing salary cap. There may also be some disagreement over guaranteed money.

Even if no deal is imminent, it would be a shock if no progress had been made in the past several months. It’s possible that neither side is feeling a sense of urgency to get the contract done at the moment.

Dak Prescott issues statement defending gathering at home

Dak Prescott

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is pushing back against reports that he violated social distancing guidelines by hosting a party at his home.

Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott were present at a reported party for a friend’s birthday that witnesses said had over 30 people present, well over the recommended limit of ten people per gathering. Prescott, however, characterized the gathering as a “home dinner” with fewer than ten people present in a statement defending his actions.

Prescott and Elliott were chastised by management for their actions, so it’s clear that the organization isn’t happy no matter what happened.

Prescott is clearly disputing the reported version of events. Given the health situation nationally and the expectations placed on pro athletes like Prescott, though, he’d probably be better off avoiding gatherings like this even if he’s telling the truth about fewer than ten people being present. It’s just not a good look for him or anyone associated with it.

Stephen Jones says Cowboys spoke with Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott about party

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott appeared to deny through his camp earlier this week that he violated social distancing guidelines by hosting a party at his home on Saturday, but the Dallas Cowboys do not seem pleased with him or Ezekiel Elliott.

In an appearance on 105.3 The Fan Tuesday, Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones revealed that team officials have spoken with Prescott and Elliott about the alleged gathering. Jones said the players were made “aware of how sensitive these situations are.”

“We’ve certainly communicated with Dak and Zeke. I think they’re certainly aware now of how sensitive these situations are and I don’t think you’ll be seeing that anymore,” Jones said. “They are certainly guys we have the utmost respect for. I certainly know they understand the sensitivity of the situation we’re in, it’s certainly very serious and something we know they understand.”

Prescott reportedly hosted a party for a friend’s birthday at his home, and witnesses said there were about 30 people present. Police were called to the house, but they simply reminded the residents of the social distancing guidelines that are in place both nationally and in the state of Texas. A person close to Prescott denied that the quarterback threw a party and said there were less than 10 people there.

One former Cowboys player has unloaded on Prescott for putting people at risk, and the comments made by Jones indicate that the party actually did happen.

Report: Person close to Dak Prescott says QB did not host party during quarantine

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott has been accused of ignoring social distancing guidelines by having more than two dozen friends over for a party at his home in Texas on Saturday night, but someone close to the Dallas Cowboys quarterback says the reports of that happening are inaccurate.

According to a report from TMZ, Prescott hosted a birthday party for a friend at his home in Prosper, Texas, and there were roughly 30 guests there at one point. Ezekiel Elliott was among them. A video obtained by TMZ showed some footage of the spread that was catered at the party, though it was unclear how many people were present.

Like many other states across the U.S., Texas currently has a stay-at-home order in place to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. The White House has also issued guidelines telling people not to gather in groups of 10 or more. If Prescott had 30 people at his house, it’s hard to imagine they were all adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The Prosper Police Department confirmed to TMZ that they responded to a report of a potential party at Prescott’s house, but they were unable to verify if that is what was actually going on. The officers simply reminded the people at the home of the social distancing guidelines and went on their way.

It seems obvious that Prescott had people at his house, but it’s unclear how many. One source close to the Cowboys star told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that any talk of Prescott having 30 or more people at his house is nonsense.

“Dak did NOT have over 10 people and was not in violation of any social distancing,” the source said.

A lot of younger people have been criticized for blowing off CDC guidelines and local mandates because the coronavirus poses less of a risk to them. Prescott is not the first NFL player who has come under fire for it.