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Cowboys, Dak Prescott reach agreement on $160 million deal

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Dallas, we have a deal.

The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott have finally reached agreement on a contract. The contract is for a whopping $160 million over four years, with $126 million guaranteed. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the deal includes a no-trade clause.

The news comes less than a day before the deadline for teams to franchise tag players.

Dallas used its franchise tag on Prescott last year and paid him $31.4 million. The 27-year-old quarterback suffered a serious leg injury in Week 5 and missed most of the season.

Still, Dallas wanted to keep Prescott. If the sides were unable to reach a long-term agreement, the quarterback would have made $37.7 million in 2021.

A fourth-round pick in 2016, Prescott has passed for 17,634 yards, 106 touchdowns and 40 interceptions over five seasons in the NFL.

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Report: Dak Prescott, Cowboys making progress in contract talks

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NFL teams have until Tuesday afternoon to assign the franchise tag to players, and the Dallas Cowboys are expected to use theirs on Dak Prescott. Unless, of course, they sign the star quarterback to a long-term extension in the next 24 hours or so.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, there is at least a chance of that happening. Rapoport said on Monday that there is a certain “positivity” surrounding contract talks between Prescott and the Cowboys that did not exist a year ago. The belief, as of now, is that the two sides will reach an agreement at some point in the coming weeks.

“Based on the conversations I’ve had, there’s some positivity here regarding the Dak Prescott talks that didn’t seem like it was there last year,” Rapoport said.

That is obviously a good sign, though it should be noted that there were some optimistic reports last year before Prescott and the Cowboys failed to reach an agreement. We also heard roughly two weeks ago that not much progress was being made. Perhaps Tuesday’s deadline has motivated both sides.

If the Cowboys do end up using the franchise tag on Prescott, they would have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.

There was one major holdup in contract talks between Prescott and the Cowboys last year. Prescott is still recovering from a major leg injury that ended his 2020 season after just five games.

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Report: Cowboys’ Dak Prescott talks are moving in ‘positive direction’

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The Dallas Cowboys need to get a long-term deal done with quarterback Dak Prescott this offseason, and it sounds like efforts to do so are going better than they did a year ago.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Prescott and the Cowboys have made “some progress” and are moving in a “positive direction.” Perhaps most importantly, Rapoport notes that talks are moving more smoothly than they ever did in 2020, a process which ended with Prescott playing under the franchise tag.

Notably, Rapoport says the Cowboys will tag Prescott if they must, but hope it doesn’t come to that again.

The Cowboys know there may be consequences if they don’t get a long-term contract done with their quarterback. That’s a huge motivating factor, and it’s probably a reason why things are going better now than they did a year ago.

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Dak Prescott, Cowboys making progress in contract talks?

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The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott may finally be making some progress in contract talks.

The Cowboys have until March 9 to decide whether they will place the franchise tag on Prescott for the 2021 season. The franchise tag for 2021 would pay Prescott $37.7 million.

The Cowboys are hoping to sign Prescott to long-term deal prior to the franchise tag deadline, and there is some progress being made in their talks, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Calvin Watkins.

That is a good sign considering as of a week ago, there reportedly had not been any progress. Maybe all that was needed was an approaching deadline to spur things into action.

Even if the Cowboys and Prescott don’t reach a deal by March 9, they would still have a chance to keep negotiating. If Dallas franchise-tags Prescott, the two sides would then have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.

Prescott played under the franchise tag last season after the sides were unable to reach a deal, largely due to a dispute over the amount of years on the contract. The 27-year-old is recovering from a major leg injury that ended his 2020 season after just five games.

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Cowboys reportedly find this trade rumor to be ‘laughable’

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Russell Wilson has given the Seattle Seahawks a short list of teams to which he would accept a trade, and the Dallas Cowboys are one of those teams. Naturally, that has led to a lot of speculation about Wilson potentially being traded for Dak Prescott. According to one report, that is not going to happen.

Jane Slater of NFL Network says she spoke with a Cowboys source who called it “laughable” to suggest a Prescott-Wilson swap is realistic. Slater listed several reasons why the idea is so farfetched, with one of them being that there is some tension between the Cowboys and Seahawks when it comes to trades.

Seattle would reportedly want at least three first-round picks for Wilson. That price could, in theory, be lower for the Cowboys in a potential trade involving Prescott, but there’s been no indication that either side is interested.

The Seahawks would be left with a dead cap hit of $39 million if they trade Wilson this offseason. While we recently got a better idea of just how icy things have gotten between Wilson and the team, we would bet against any blockbuster trade this offseason.

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Is a Russell Wilson-Dak Prescott trade realistic?

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Russell Wilson has informed the Seattle Seahawks that he would be open to a trade to four teams, and the Dallas Cowboys are one of them. The Cowboys, of course, are working toward signing Dak Prescott to a long-term extension, but would the two teams entertain the idea of a quarterback swap?

ESPN’s Josina Anderson asked sources from both teams about that possibility. The Seattle side offered “no comment” while Anderson’s Cowboys source said Dallas is committed to Prescott.

That doesn’t make the idea any less interesting. There are likely two main reasons the Seahawks don’t want to trade Wilson this offseason. One is that they would be left with an NFL-record $39 million dead cap hit. The other is that Pete Carroll and company have no interest in a rebuild when they already have one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Depending on how the Seahawks view Prescott, a Wilson-Prescott swap might address the second issue. Seattle could certainly remain competitive with Prescott and would not have to start fresh by drafting or signing a different QB.

Prescott appears to be headed toward another franchise tag with the Cowboys, but they would rather sign him to a long-term deal. It’s not completely out of the realm of possibility that they could sign him and then trade him to Seattle but, again, the Seahawks would have to absorb that $39 million dead cap hit.

Wilson’s dead cap hit lowers to $26 million next offseason, which is a bit more manageable. He is also open to playing for these three other teams, so Seattle could explore that route.

Blockbuster player trades are rare in the NFL, and we’d be surprised if Wilson and Prescott swapped uniforms. That won’t stop the speculation.

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Here is the latest on the Dak Prescott-Cowboys contract negotiations

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The Dallas Cowboys have until March 9 to place the franchise tag on Dak Prescott for a second straight season. They hope to sign the star quarterback to a long-term contract extension before then, but that apparently is not close to happening.

ESPN’s Jeff Darlington said on “Get Up!” Tuesday morning that Prescott’s representatives and the Cowboys have not made any real progress toward a long-term deal.

“Very important to point out here — speaking with people on both sides of this thing, it does not sound as if any progress has been made toward a long-term extension for Dak Prescott,” Darlington reported. “While this is the beginning of the process for this year, it also feels like there is a very long way to go.”

If Dallas does wind up placing the franchise tag on Prescott again, the two sides will have until July to discuss a long-term contract. However, it is significant that they are reportedly not close to a deal. Prescott and the Cowboys negotiated last offseason as well, so you would think some sort of progress was made. That may not be the case.

Prescott has more leverage this offseason, as the cap-strapped Cowboys would have to pay him $37.7 million if he plays under the franchise tag in 2021. That is probably Prescott’s best bargaining chip, and it sounds like he plans to use it given the report we recently heard about how much money he wants.

It was reported last year that Prescott and the Cowboys only disagreed over the length of a potential long-term deal. There is clearly more to it than that, however.

One former NFL quarterback recently explained why he thinks Prescott should give the Cowboys a hometown discount, but that seems unlikely to happen with where things currently stand.

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Troy Aikman sends warning to Cowboys over Dak Prescott contract

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Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman had a strong warning for his former team about its current quarterback.

Aikman warned the Cowboys that negotiating a long-term deal with Dak Prescott, who Aikman dubbed a “franchise quarterback,” was essential to the team’s long-term future. He added that if the Cowboys were forced to franchise tag Prescott for a second year in a row, he did not believe Prescott would be willing to remain with the organization long-term.

“I’d be really surprised if he’s playing under the franchise tag again this year,” Aikman said, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. “My guess is if he is, that will be the last we see of Dak Prescott.

“I just can’t imagine that he’s going to feel really good giving an open negotiation to the Cowboys if he’s played two years under the franchise tag.”

The Cowboys have less than a month to get a long-term deal done, and word is they’re open to using the franchise tag if they have to. Aikman makes it pretty clear here that he feels that would be a grave mistake. That’s a warning the Cowboys should probably take heed of.

Dak Prescott reportedly seeking at least this much from Cowboys

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Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will once again try to negotiate a long-term contract this offseason, but they may still have quite a ways to go in negotiations.

Michael Lombardi of The Athletic discussed Prescott’s contract situation during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan’s “Shan and RJ” show on Wednesday. He does not think the Cowboys will be able to sign Prescott to a long-term deal if they offer anything less than $40 million per year.

“I think giving him what he wants is really going to be a challenge,” Lombardi said.”(Prescott’s agent) Todd France isn’t going to admit Patrick Mahomes is better than Dak, even though he is. He’s not going to admit that Deshaun Watson is better than Dak, even though he is. … Because of the situation, the market is so that it’s no longer who’s better and who deserves more, it’s who can get more. I think that unless Jerry (Jones) and Stephen (Jones) are willing to get in that $40 million a year range near Deshaun Watson, they really don’t have much more that they can do.”

Mahomes is currently the highest-paid quarterback in football at $45 million per year. There’s a significant drop-off after that to Deshaun Watson, whose average annual salary is $39 million. The belief is that Prescott will want his contract to be somewhere between those two.

The Cowboys have the option of using the franchise tag on Prescott again, but they would have to pay him $37.7 million in 2021 if he plays under it. That is not ideal for a team that is expected to be tight on salary cap space. Lombardi noted that the cap situation may be Prescott’s best leverage in contract talks.

It was reported last year that Prescott and the Cowboys only disagreed over the length of a potential long-term deal. However, it sounds like money is at least somewhat of an issue.

One former NFL quarterback recently explained why he thinks Prescott should give the Cowboys a hometown discount, but that seems unlikely to happen with where things currently stand.

Here is where Dak Prescott, Cowboys stand with contract negotiation

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The Dallas Cowboys will once again try to sign Dak Prescott to a long-term contract this offseason. But even if they fail to reach an agreement, the quarterback is not leaving the team.

The Cowboys will use the franchise tag on Prescott for a second straight season if need be, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network report. The goal, however, is to sign Prescott to a long-term deal prior to the March 9 deadline for assigning the franchise tag.

One source of motivation for the Cowboys to get a deal done as soon as possible is the salary cap situation. The salary cap is expected to decrease in 2021, which has left many teams strapped. Prescott would earn $37.7 million in 2021 if he is franchise tagged again. A long-term contract could be structured in a way that alleviates some of that this offseason.

The Cowboys reportedly have no concerns about Prescott’s surgically repaired ankle. The 27-year-old actually underwent a second surgery after more damage was revealed from a previous injury, but his recovery has gone well.

Despite how gruesome Prescott’s ankle injury looked, there has been no indication that he will have any limitations in 2021.

One former NFL quarterback explained this week why he believes Prescott should give the Cowboys a hometown discount. We would be surprised if that happens, however.