The Dallas Cowboys’ top offseason priorities remain to keep what they already have.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones reaffirmed Tuesday that the team’s top priority is to sort out Dak Prescott’s contract, followed by retaining Amari Cooper.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones says getting Dak a new deal is No. 1 on their list of priorities. Getting Amari a new deal is No. 2. No plans to meet with their agents at Senior Bowl. Jones: “If I happen to run into them, I’m more than happy to visit with them. I know them both well.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 21, 2020
Prescott would be a free agent, but the Cowboys are likely to franchise tag him at worst. The desire to keep Cooper is also interesting. He’s been the Cowboys’ No. 1 receiver since his acquisition, but there appeared be some frustration with him toward the end of the season.
Both players promise to be quite expensive, and the Cowboys would be well-served to stop talking about this, as they have for months, and try to get something done as soon as possible.
Mike McCarthy had a whirlwind week with the Dallas Cowboys. He went from interviewing with the Cowboys and spending the night at Jerry Jones’ place to holding an introductory press conference on Wednesday. He’s worked on putting together a staff and has some strong coordinators in place.
But one thing McCarthy hadn’t yet done as of Friday was speak with the franchise quarterback. NFL Media’s Jane Slater asked McCarthy whether he had spoken with Dak Prescott, and the new head coach said no.
When I asked #Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy if he’s spoken to Dak Prescott yet he told me “I have not. My immediate responsibilities have been abundant. I need to get on the phone”
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) January 11, 2020
Prescott did not reach a contract extension with the Cowboys prior to or during the 2019 season and is set to be a free agent. If they are unable to reach a long-term agreement with Prescott, they could always use the franchise tag on him.
Dallas has no intent to let Prescott go.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones on @dfwticket said Dallas got “real, real, real close” to getting a contract done with Dak Prescott before the season. “We’ve got to land the plane on his contract and get him signed up sooner than later. … He’s our quarterback of the future.” pic.twitter.com/ENV4ZTOPwm
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) January 10, 2020
McCarthy should get to know Prescott considering the quarterback will likely have a long and extremely lucrative future with the team.
Jason Garrett does not have the type of job security with the Dallas Cowboys that Dak Prescott has earned this season, but the quarterback gave a great reminder on Thursday that he and his coach have one big thing in common.
Sunday could — and likely will — be Garrett’s last game as the head coach of the Cowboys if the team fails to make the playoffs. When asked about the situation, Prescott reminded reporters that he, too, has a contract that is set to expire after the season.
Dak Prescott was asked about his thoughts on the possibility this could be Jason Garrett’s last game as the head coach in Dallas:
“I think its the last game on mine as well so I’ll be damned if I speak on anyone else’s future or their place.”
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 26, 2019
Prescott is scheduled to become a free agent, though there’s no way the Cowboys are going to allow that to happen. They’ll simply use the franchise tag on him if they’re unable to work out a long-term extension in time, but you have to admire Prescott’s self-awareness. While he knows the Cowboys aren’t going to let him walk, nothing is official yet.
Garrett has essentially been on the hot seat from the moment the season kicked off. Otherwise, the Cowboys would have signed him to an extension. He has repeatedly denied that the questions about him being fired have become a distraction for the team, but that’s tough to believe.
The Cowboys need to beat the Washington Redskins on Sunday and have the Eagles lose in order to make the playoffs. If they don’t, they will almost certainly part ways with Garrett. Prescott isn’t going anywhere, but that was a great response to what has probably become an annoying question.
The Dallas Cowboys have bigger problems at the moment than the contract status of Dak Prescott, but they still feel good about where they are at in negotiations with their franchise quarterback.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones touched on Prescott’s contract in an appearance on 105.3 The Fan Monday, and he said the team has never wavered from its stance of wanting to pay the 26-year-old. He also said he feels the Cowboys have an “aggressive offer” on the table.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones on @1053thefan: “We’ve never blinked on (paying Dak Prescott). We’ve had a very aggressive offer out there every step of the way. … I think Dak has given us every opportunity to have success this year. I’m as bullish about Dak as I’ve ever been.”
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 23, 2019
Prescott didn’t play all that well on Sunday in a crucial loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but he is battling a shoulder injury and was unable to throw in practice throughout the week. Aside from that, he picked a great time to have his best season as a pro.
Prescott will enter Week 17 just 401 yards shy of throwing for 5,000 on the season. He has 26 touchdown passes compared to 11 interceptions, and he is expected to become the highest-paid quarterback in football if and when the Cowboys do sign him to an extension. We have heard some truly outrageous figures thrown around that probably will not end up being accurate, but Prescott is going to make a lot of money.
Dak Prescott nearly made a costly mistake during the opening coin toss of last week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, but the NFL did the right thing by stepping in to remedy the situation. Now, the league may take steps to prevent anything similar from happening in the future.
The NFL could simplify the rules regarding what players must say in order to defer after winning the coin toss, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. As of now, a team captain must say the word “defer” when choosing whether his team wants to receive the opening kick or defer to the second half. Dak Prescott said “kick” last week initially, which almost resulted in the Rams being able to receive in both the first half and second half.
Audio shared by FOX showed that Prescott said the Cowboys wanted to “kick” at first before quickly correcting himself and saying they choose to defer. Referee Walt Anderson initially held Prescott to it, but the NFL stepped in at halftime and allowed Dallas to receive in the second half. Given what we saw with the audio FOX showed, that was clearly the right move.
There isn’t a single person who didn’t know what Prescott meant when he said “kick,” so it would be wise of the NFL to simplify the rules. No team should ever get the ball to start the first and second half just because a player used the wrong word when winning the coin toss.
If there was any lingering doubt, Dak Prescott will be playing Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Prescott was not listed on the team’s final injury report despite being a limited practice participant during the week, making clear that he’ll be under center on Sunday afternoon.
Cowboys are not listing QB Dak Prescott on their final injury report despite the fact that he was limited all week with a shoulder injury, per source. So Prescott starts Sunday at Philadelphia, in the division-deciding game, as expected.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 20, 2019
The Cowboys have been steadfast in stating that Prescott will play despite an AC joint injury. Nobody really knows how much he’ll be effected by whatever’s going on with his shoulder, though it’s clear that the Cowboys are doing everything they can to ensure that the impacts are minimal.
Prescott has surpassed 4,000 passing yards for the first time in his career, and his 26 touchdown passes are already a career high. Unfortunately, his first real significant injury has come at the worst possible time in Dallas’ season, but he’ll be out there Sunday.
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Dak Prescott is expected to play through a shoulder injury in Sunday’s important divisional game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he may need some tweaks to his equipment in order to give himself the best chance of performing at a high level.
Prescott has not been throwing in practice this week as he recovers from an AC joint sprain. According to Bryan Broaddus of 105.3 the fan, the Dallas Cowboys’ equipment staff has added extra padding to Prescott’s shoulder pads and made some adjustments in advance of Sunday.
Equipment staff has added padding and adjusted Prescott’s shoulder pads in order to help his comfort for the game. Throwing a little bit today and Saturday means the staff can make further adjustments if necessary.
— BryanBroaddus (@BryanBroaddus) December 20, 2019
This week was the first time in his career that Prescott was limited in practice, but there has been no real concern that he is going to sit out on Sunday. However, it will certainly be worth watching to see if the injury appears to impact his ability to throw. If he needs extra padding to avoid discomfort, it would stand to reason that Prescott will be playing at less than 100 percent health.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear this week that he expects Prescott to suit up, and that is likely what is going to happen. Both the Cowboys and Eagles are 7-7, so Sunday’s game could ultimately determine who wins the NFC East.