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Report: Cowboys ‘not close’ to multi-year contract extension with Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott

It is looking increasingly likely that Dak Prescott will be playing out the 2020 season on the franchise tag for the Dallas Cowboys.

According to Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys are “not close” to a multi-year deal with Prescott, and time is running out before the July 15 deadline to agree one.

The two sides have appeared stuck for weeks. Prescott has reportedly sought a shorter deal than the Cowboys want to give him, as he wants to take advantage of potential rises in the salary cap. In addition, Patrick Mahomes’ mega-extension may have given Prescott some reason to push for more money.

It was reported this week that this scenario was becoming increasingly likely, but the Cowboys are relaxed about the situation. If nothing gets done by Wednesday, Prescott will be playing under the tag.

Report: Cowboys may not get Dak Prescott contract done after all

Dak Prescott

The clock is ticking on the Dallas Cowboys if they want to get a long-term deal done with quarterback Dak Prescott, and for the first time it seems that doubts are growing about an agreement being reached.

Prescott and the Cowboys must reach a deal by Wednesday if they want to avoid the quarterback playing the 2020 season on the franchise tag, and there has been little news about progress being made in negotiations recently. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on SportsCenter Saturday that this has led to some league sources thinking that nothing will get done, though the Cowboys are still relaxed about the circumstances.

“I’m told the Cowboys are not worried right now,” Fowler said, via Sam Marsdale of 247 Sports. “They’re going to play this up to the deadline, and they’re hoping that Dak Prescott will take their latest, best offer whether that’s a new offer at the deadline or their old offer. They didn’t hash it out a few months ago, it’s been very quiet since then to the point where some league sources believe nothing is going to get done here. Because Dak already signed his franchise tag tender, maybe conceding that nothing is going to get done. The Cowboys feel they’re in a good spot.”

The good news is that Prescott has signed his franchise tender and appears committed to the organization. The two sides have failed to reach an agreement long-term as Prescott is said to want a shorter deal than the Cowboys are willing to offer. It’s possible that another recent NFL extension didn’t really help the Cowboys’ negotiating position either.

The 26-year-old threw for a career-best 4,902 yards last season, and appears willing to bet on himself. This is the first time we’ve really heard that this is in danger of not getting done. It appears set to go down to the wire either way.

Cowboys reportedly pushing back on rumors of David Njoku interest

David Njoku

David Njoku wants out of Cleveland, but one prominent and somewhat tight end-needy team may not be too interested in swinging a move for him.

The 23-year-old requested for a trade from the Browns this week, and some rumors had linked him to the Dallas Cowboys. Sports Illustrated’s Mike Fisher reported on Friday however that Dallas team sources were pushing back on that suggestion.

Per Fisher:

But the Dallas Cowboys having expressed interest as a “potential suitor” for the 23-year-old Njoku? That much, according to two CowboysSI.com sources inside The Star, is fiction.

“That,” one source told us as the Friday news broke, “sounds like an agent creation.”

Added a second source: “Nope. No interest.”

Njoku, a Drew Rosenhaus client, was limited to just four games for the Browns in 2019 due to injury. While he is under contract for the next two seasons, Njoku may have been looking at a further reduced role in Cleveland, especially after the signing of fellow tight end Austin Hooper this offseason.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, saw Jason Witten sign with the Las Vegas Raiders in March, and their current tight end duo of Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz is largely underwhelming in the passing game. Still, the team could be looking to make a trade upgrade on the other side of the ball instead of chasing Njoku.

Dak Prescott challenging Cowboys on Jamal Adams trade by signing franchise tag?

Dak Prescott

Many were surprised by the timing of Dak Prescott’s decision to sign his franchise tender. It officially puts Prescott’s tender on the books, and means the quarterback will be present for training camp. So why now? One reason may be to put added pressure on the Cowboys as a high-profile player signals his desire to be traded to Dallas.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports believes that Prescott’s decision to sign his tender comes in light of Jamal Adams demanding a trade from the New York Jets, and has openly named the Cowboys as a preferred destination. A trade and extension for Adams would be much easier cap-wise if the Cowboys can sort out a long-term agreement with Prescott.

This would be some sharp tactical work by Prescott if it’s entered his mind. The Cowboys have been linked to Adams before, and would probably love the chance to acquire him. Perhaps the chance to do so will add some urgency to Prescott talks.

On the other hand, Adams may not demand an extension if he is traded, and the Jets may simply try to wait out his demand anyway. That may lead to little change in the negotiation situation for Dallas right now.

Dak Prescott signs $31.4 million franchise tender with Cowboys

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott is not going anywhere, at least for this season.

Prescott has signed his $31.4 million franchise tender with the Dallas Cowboys. This move was expected to happen and was reported since Sunday.

Signing the one-year franchise tag tender does not preclude the sides from reaching a deal on a long-term contract.

Prescott and the Cowboys have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal, which is something the sides have been discussing since last year but have been unable to reach agreement on.

According to one report published on Monday, the Cowboys have been “stunned” by Prescott’s contract stance.

Prescott, 26, was a fourth-round pick by the Cowboys in 2016 and was set to be a free agent this year, but the Cowboys tagged him so they wouldn’t lose him. Prescott threw for a career-high 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns last season for the 8-8 Cowboys.

Report: Cowboys ‘stunned’ by Dak Prescott’s contract stance

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys are in a bit of a standoff with Dak Prescott over a long-term contract, and it seems to be a situation they did not expect to find themselves in.

Prescott and the Cowboys are still said to be one year apart on a deal, according to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk. Prescott is adamant about a four-year deal, believing that the Cowboys could simply make it a five- or six-year deal by using the franchise tag. The Cowboys want five years, which Prescott fears could be turned into a six- or seven-year pact.

According to Florio, the Cowboys are “stunned” by Prescott’s stance, and expected to have a deal done a long time ago. It appears Prescott’s decision to turn down a big offer in 2019 and bet on himself caught them off-guard, and it means Prescott holds all the leverage in negotiations right now.

To be clear, the belief remains that the two sides will get a deal done before the July 15 deadline to do so. It simply may take right up until that deadline for it to happen.

Ex-NFL GM: Dak Prescott has ‘enormous leverage’ in contract talks

Dak Prescott

NFL players are typically not viewed as having much leverage when a team uses the franchise tag on them, but former New York Jets executive Mike Tannenbaum says that is not at all the case with Dak Prescott.

Prescott is expected to sign his franchise tender with the Dallas Cowboys no later than Monday. That will place the star quarterback under contract with the team in 2020 whether it is by way of the franchise tag or a long-term extension. According to Tannenbaum, it also gives Prescott “enormous leverage” because of the money he stands to make this season and in 2021 if he plays under the tag one or both years.

Kirk Cousins made roughly $44 million by playing under the franchise tag in 2016 and 2017. While playing under the tag takes some long-term security away from a player, Cousins is the perfect example of how the situation doesn’t always favor the team. The Washington Redskins paid Cousins a massive amount of money just to watch him walk in free agency, where he signed a mammoth, fully guaranteed contract with the Minnesota Vikings.

Given their history, it seems unlikely that the Cowboys will let it get to that point. They don’t want Prescott counting more than $31 million against their salary cap this season and $38 million in 2021, so they have plenty of incentive to sign him to a long-term deal before July 15. There has reportedly been one big issue in negotiations, but Prescott would be wise to stick to his guns.

Report: Dak Prescott expected to resume contract talks with Cowboys in next week

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott surprised some by signing his franchise tender on Sunday, but there’s no doubt that he and the Dallas Cowboys are still preparing to forge ahead with talks about a long-term contract.

Patrik Walker of CBS Sports said Sunday that the two sides are expected to rekindle negotiations in the next week. A deal is “close,” but not imminent.

This has been the case for quite a while. There appear to be very few sticking points in contract talks, but the ones that remain are proving quite hard to sort out. It’s believed that contract length is a major one, with the Cowboys preferring a longer deal than Prescott would like.

That said, Prescott’s decision to sign his franchise tender Sunday is a sign that things clearly haven’t gone bad between the two sides. He’ll be in camp, and momentum still seems to be toward a deal.

Dak Prescott planning to sign franchise tag tender worth $31.4 million

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott will officially be under contract with the Dallas Cowboys in 2020 one way or the other.

Prescott is planning to sign his franchise tender by Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. That means he will make $31.4 million this season if he and the Cowboys are unable to work out a long-term extension by the July 15 deadline.

While there was never any real risk of it happening, Prescott’s decision to sign the franchise tender means he will not be going the Le’Veon Bell route. As Schefter noted, Prescott will be contractually obligated to report to training camp on time once he signs the tender, otherwise the 2020 season would not count as an accrued year toward free agency.

Prescott and the Cowboys appear to be close on money, but the 26-year-old wants a shorter deal than the team has been offering. Dallas reportedly wants to give Prescott a five-year contract, while Prescott wants a four-year contract that would allow him to hit free agency again at age 30.

It’s not out of the question that Prescott will end up playing 2020 under the franchise tag, but there is still optimism that the two sides will be able to get a deal worked out in the next three weeks.

Report: Dak Prescott still expected to sign extension with Cowboys despite stalemate

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys have roughly one month to sign quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term deal and avoid him playing the 2020 season on the franchise tag. Worryingly, there appears to be little progress toward that right now, but there’s no cause for concern yet.

ESPN’s Dan Graziano said on “SportsCenter” Wednesday that there is an expectation that talks will restart in the weeks to come, and the belief remains that the two sides will get a long-term deal done.

“The reason that the franchise players are the focus is that there’s a July 15 deadline to sign your franchise player — four weeks from today,” Graziano said, via Robbie Weinstein of 247 Sports. “If you don’t sign them by that deadline you can’t negotiate, by rule, an extension with them until after the season ends. So where it stands with Dak Prescott and the Cowboys is July 15 is the deadline, there have not been significant talks in recent weeks. The expectation is that those talks will ramp up prior to July 15 and that a deal will get done.”

The two sides have been close on money, but the Cowboys want a long-term deal while Prescott would prefer a shorter pact to hit free agency sooner. A four-year deal would allow Prescott to hit the open market again just before he turns 31, which would give him an opportunity to get another nice deal toward the end of his prime.

There is some expectation that talks might go right down to the wire, but there has yet to be any real indication that there’s a danger of nothing getting done.