The likelihood of Dak Prescott being franchise tagged by the Dallas Cowboys appears to be increasing by the day.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones revealed Monday that the team has not had contract discussions with Prescott’s agent since September, before the 2019 season even started. The two sides have not spoken during the offseason either.
Jones added, however, that the team was waiting on talks until there was clarity on whether there will be a new CBA for the 2020 season.
Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said the team has not met or negotiated with QB Dak Prescott’s agent Todd France since September before the season. No talks yet this offseason. May meet here at combine, but meeting not firmly scheduled yet.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) February 24, 2020
Stephen Jones said no contract with QB Dak Prescott or WR Amari Cooper will be agreed upon until CBA rules for the 2020 league year are decided. Cowboys met with Cooper and his agent Chafie Fields at Super Bowl in Miami. “Very upbeat” conversation.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) February 24, 2020
Reports have indicated that the Cowboys don’t want to use the franchise tag on Prescott, but that’s the way things are trending right now. While there will theoretically be time to talk a long-term deal once the CBA situation is sorted out, the fact that Prescott and the Cowboys haven’t even spoken since September doesn’t really bode well for a quick resolution to talks. The Cowboys are racing against time, and while it’s not impossible, it just doesn’t appear that enough progress is being made right now to sort the situation out in time.
Dez Bryant has sent numerous tweets campaigning for NFL teams to sign him over the past several months, and that includes trying to convince the Dallas Cowboys to give him another shot. Apparently he has taken that pitch directly to his former team as well.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Bryant has been in contact with Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones and has been “pleading” for a return to the team.
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) February 21, 2020
Bryant would probably take any opportunity at this point, but he at least knows the Jones family and has plenty of familiarity with the Cowboys. It seems highly unlikely that they would bring him back, but it makes sense that Bryant wants to reunite now that Jason Garrett is no longer the head coach in Dallas.
Bryant has not played in a game since he was last with the Cowboys in 2017. He signed with the New Orleans Saints midway through the 2018 season, but he suffered a torn Achilles in practice and never appeared in a game. The 31-year-old worked out with Patrick Mahomes in the Dallas area on Friday and is hoping to prove he is healthy enough to contribute in 2020.
If Bryant can’t find a team to sign him as a player this offseason, he has also offered his services to the Cowboys in other ways.
The Dallas Cowboys probably won’t be drafting Tua Tagovailoa this year, but the quarterback would love to see it happen.
Tagovailoa spoke with NFL Network’s Steve Wyche for an interview feature. During the interview, Wyche asked if there was any team or system where Tagovailoa would want to play in.
“If you’re saying to me if I could choose what team I want to play on growing up, then I’d probably tell you the Cowboys. But they’re so far down (in the draft),” Tua answered.
When Wyche brought up the presence of Dak Prescott, Tagovailoa said, “I’ll learn under him.”
— Blogging The Boys (@BloggingTheBoys) February 21, 2020
The Cowboys are picking at No. 17 in April’s draft. The Lions and Dolphins are already playing mind games about who will be taking Tua, so we strongly believe the former Alabama quarterback will go in the top five.
Regardless, knowing that Tagovailoa wants to play for the Cowboys is something to keep in mind for the future. You can bet the topic will be brought up whenever he faces them. As for Prescott, the Cowboys may end up using the franchise tag on him.
The Dallas Cowboys have the 17th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, but that may not be good enough for owner Jerry Jones.
The Cowboys have several players who are scheduled to become free agents next month, and they may have to replace some of that talent in the draft. A source close to the team told Tony Pauline of Pro Football Network that Jones “wants to make a big splash” on draft day, which could mean Dallas is going to explore moving up the board.
According to Pauline, the Cowboys have done a lot of scouting work on Ohio State prospects. The biggest Buckeyes prospect is obviously pass-rusher Chase Young, but he is expected to go as high as No. 2 to the Washington Redskins. It would take a massive haul to move up from No. 17 to No. 2, so that seems unlikely for the Cowboys. However, they could target star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, who is considered the best defensive back in the draft. Landing him would certainly qualify as a “big splash” for Dallas.
We all know Jones gets excited around draft time. Sometimes Cowboys executives even have to stop him from getting carried away, which was supposedly the case when Jones was giddy about the potential of drafting Johnny Manziel.
While it would not be a surprise if the Cowboys moved up in the draft, the biggest splashes they could make are with their impending free agents. Dak Prescott is still looking for a long-term deal from the team, and Amari Cooper could end up with another team if Dallas is unwilling to shell out big money.
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Michael Irvin helped give life to the rumor that the Dallas Cowboys are interested in replacing Dak Prescott with Tom Brady. Now he’s trashing the logic of that rumor.
Irvin said last week that he’d been told by “very significant people” that the Cowboys were considering letting Prescott leave and bringing Brady in to replace him. Now, Irving says that the “significant people” he spoke to were not affiliated with the Cowboys, that it would be “insane” for the franchise to do such a thing, and that Brady is finished as an elite quarterback.
“I said what somebody said. That should no way be taken as those are my thoughts on what should happen,” Irvin said, via Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram. “Ain’t no way in world that should happen. That would be insane. Are you kidding me? Are you out of your mind? It’s over for Tom.”
Expect Brady to use those words as motivation as he prepares for another NFL season. That aside, nobody seems to seriously think this is on the table. The Cowboys have made no secret of their desire to keep Prescott, and the two sides are going to try to work out a long-term deal. As for Brady, the consensus right now is that there’s only one team that could pull him away from the New England Patriots.
Dak Prescott appears to be destined for the franchise tag with a long-term extension still not in place for the star quarterback, but the Dallas Cowboys remain hopeful that the situation will not get to that point.
Cowboys CEO Stephen Jones said again recently that the team is working hard to sign Prescott to a new deal, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported on Tuesday that Dallas still wants to reach an agreement before the March 10 deadline to use the franchise tag.
The #Cowboys are going to try to buck history, attempting to get a deal done with QB Dak Prescott by the close of the franchise tag window on March 10. A lot will have to happen for a deal to come together. pic.twitter.com/Csl9LVvvB9
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 11, 2020
As Rapoport notes, the franchise tag deadline isn’t really a deadline, as players who are tagged still have until July 15 to work out a long-term agreement with their teams. Although, the Cowboys could use the franchise tag on another player — perhaps Amari Cooper — if they agree to a long-term contract with Prescott prior to March 10.
We have heard some wild rumors in recent days about the Cowboys possibly replacing Prescott, but there’s almost no chance of that happening. The two sides have been negotiating since before the start of last season, and the Cowboys consider Prescott their quarterback of the future.
While most players would rather not play under the franchise tag, the Cowboys know they have more than a year to work out a long-term deal with Prescott. Obviously, they would prefer to get something done well before that.
Tom Brady’s impending free agency has led to some wild hypothetical situations being thrown around, and one of them is Brady suiting up for the Cowboys in 2020. But even if Dallas had the opportunity to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion, new head coach Mike McCarthy does not sound interested.
Cowboys legend Michael Irvin told WEEI this week that he recently had a “shocking” conversation with some “very significant people” about the possibility of Brady in Dallas. However, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports that McCarthy would prefer to work with a younger quarterback and develop him, which likely means he would rather have Dak Prescott than Brady.
So I asked a team source about this as a hypothetical 2 weeks ago bc I was curious why Dallas wouldn’t at least consider the possibility given recent changes. The answer I got? McCarthy would be more inclined to want to work with a younger QB and develop him in Dallas but https://t.co/uLxs9y9EcC
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) February 9, 2020
The Cowboys have said publicly on numerous occasions that they expect to sign Prescott to a long-term deal, so the idea of trading him for a year or two of Brady seems unrealistic. There is likely some intrigue there since Dallas has such a talented roster and Brady signing with the Cowboys would be arguably the biggest free agent acquisition in NFL history, but that doesn’t mean anything will come of it.
Prescott appears to be destined for the franchise tag this offseason, and we have heard some outrageous figures thrown around for how much the Cowboys might pay him. If Dallas waits until Patrick Mahomes signs an extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, the situation may get even more complicated.