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Dez Bryant seems to blame Cowboys for not paying Dak Prescott

Dez Bryant

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys were unable to come to a long-term contract agreement prior to Wednesday’s deadline for franchise tagged players, which has led to a lot of finger pointing. Dez Bryant seems to feel that finger should be pointed at Jerry Jones.

Bryant sent a tweet on Wednesday night that appeared to blame the Cowboys for Prescott and the team not reaching an agreement.

The implication from Bryant is that the Cowboys have been able to work out long-term contracts with star quarterbacks like Troy Aikman and Tony Romo in the past, yet they didn’t give Prescott what he wanted. Of course, it’s hard to figure out who’s to “blame” without knowing the details of the negotiations.

Prescott reportedly turned down a deal that would have paid him more than $100 million guaranteed. All indications have been that the Cowboys were willing to make him one of the top two or three highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, though they apparently wanted to sign Prescott to a five-year deal and he wanted four.

Prescott’s brother called out the Cowboys after no agreement was reached on Wednesday, and you can understand the frustration for everyone involved. Earlier in the offseason, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Prescott was going to be the franchise QB in Dallas for years to come. Now, there’s a legitimate possibility he could be a free agent after 2020.

Report: Dak Prescott, Cowboys held unproductive late contract talks

Dak Prescott

Quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys did not reach an agreement on a long-term contract Wednesday, nor did they get close.

According to Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Prescott and the Cowboys had some discussions ahead of the 4 p.m. deadline for franchise tagged players to reach a long-term contract. The talks were unproductive, however, and no deal was ever close.

Both Prescott and the Cowboys dug in and didn’t compromise on the key points in the negotiation. The big sticking point was Prescott wanting a four-year pact while Dallas wanted five, and neither side blinked on that detail. It means Prescott will play the 2020 season on the franchise tag, and his long-term future with the organization is now much cloudier than it seemed a few months ago.

Though talks between Prescott and the Cowboys may not have been productive, one franchise tagged player who did not appear likely to sign a long-term deal did get something done on Wednesday.

Report: Dak Prescott, Cowboys not expect to reach deal barring ‘dramatic’ change

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys have until Wednesday afternoon to sign Dak Prescott to a long-term contract, and that is looking less likely to happen by the minute.

Prescott and the Cowboys have not had further contract negotiations this week. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, that is the way it’s going to stay “barring a dramatic last-second change.”

The two sides have until 4 p.m. EST on Wednesday to agree to a deal, so one phone call could change everything. However, there has been no reason to think either Prescott or the Cowboys are going to give in.

Prescott reportedly wants a four-year deal, while the Cowboys want to sign him to five. The latest offer Prescott turned down sounds like it was very respectable, but that could be the Cowboys leaking information to make themselves sound better.

Prescott, 26, threw for a career-best 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns last season, which marked his fourth as Dallas’ starter. He would make just over $31.4 million by playing on the franchise tag this season.

Report: Dak Prescott, Cowboys not planning further contract discussions

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are running out of time to agree to a long-term deal, and they may not even make a last-second effort to work something out.

Wednesday is the deadline for franchise tagged players to sign long-term contracts with their respective teams, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Tuesday that both Prescott and the Cowboys “remain dug in” and have not shown any interest in negotiating further.

It seemed at one point like it was a foregone conclusion that Prescott would not be forced to play the 2020 season under the franchise tag, but that is the direction in which the two sides are headed. There has been no movement in contract talks in recent weeks, though it wouldn’t take much time for that to change if one side was willing to sacrifice.

The issue all along has been the length of the contract, as Prescott reportedly wants a four-year deal and the Cowboys want to lock him up for five.

While playing under the franchise tag takes some long-term security away from a player, Kirk Cousins made roughly $44 million by playing under the tag in 2016 and 2017. Prescott is set to make $31.4 million this year, so there are worse situations he could be in.

Report: Cowboys not expecting Randy Gregory reinstatement

Randy Gregory

It does not appear that the Dallas Cowboys will have Randy Gregory back as they had hoped for 2020.

Gregory has been suspended since February 2019, when he was given an indefinite ban for repeatedly violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The defensive lineman had applied for reinstatement earlier this year, but nothing has come of it.

Now, it appears things will stay that way. According to Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Cowboys have “all but given up hope” on Gregory being reinstated for 2020.

The Cowboys probably weren’t banking on Gregory playing a huge role in 2020, but they still hoped to have him. Based on where things were in March, this will come as a surprise to the organization.

Gregory showed real promise in 2018, collecting six sacks. Now 27, he should be in his prime, but it appears he’s not at all close to getting another shot in the NFL.

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.