Dak Prescott Likely To Be Franchise Tagged

The Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott could be on course for the franchise tag, ESPN’s Adam Schefter hears. The two sides have been discussing a long-term deal, but, at this time, it doesn’t sound like they’ll be able to hammer out a new deal between now and March.

Publicly, both sides have expressed optimism about reaching agreement on a contract that would keep Prescott in Dallas for years to come. However, there’s a major gap to be bridged – Prescott, reportedly, was looking to beat Russell Wilson‘s league-leading $35MM/year average during his phenomenal first half to the 2019 season. Even though things fell apart down the stretch, Prescott is still looking for a contract that will position him as one of the highest-paid QBs in the game.

Prescott, a two-time Pro Bowler, threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns, setting new career watermarks in each category. Realistically, there’s no scenario in which the Cowboys would allow him to reach unfettered free agency. If they can’t lock him down, the Cowboys will cuff him for roughly $27MM in 2020.

If tagged, Prescott could theoretically stay away from the team’s offseason program until he puts pen to paper. It’s hard to envision a Melvin Gordon-type scenario where Prescott misses regular season games, however, so that threat probably won’t move the needle for Jerry Jones & Co.

Prescott probably won’t be a free agent this offseason, but there are plenty of other intriguing QBs on course for open waters, including Tom BradyRyan Tannehill, Jameis Winston, Philip Rivers, Marcus Mariota, Teddy Bridgewater, and Case Keenum.

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12 comments on “Dak Prescott Likely To Be Franchise Tagged

  1. Mikel Grady

    Tag him with the low tag and let him see if any team rushes in to give cowboys 2 first round picks . If a team does trade Elliott and 17 to move up and grab Herbert or borrow. Sign Derrick Henry

    • juanpursuit

      No one would give 2 firsts. Herbert is not worth a trade up. Please just stop.

      • Mikel Grady

        That’s how franchise works if another team takes player they have to give 2 firsts . That’s my point if teams don’t Dak and agent lose all chance at big payday

    • lyoung2990

      Zekes contract weighs down his value. Him and 17 would not be enough to move up into the top 7 to grab one of the top QBs

  2. Jimmy Johnson’s Ghost

    If given the “tag” what a smart move on Prescott’s part to skip parts of the off season program, new offensive minded HC implementing parts of his offense/verbiage along with the fact he will again be in a contract year…. no potential problems there right? But on a positive he will have time to shoot more commercials!

  3. phillyballers

    Keeping the door open for Tua. Wouldn’t be surprised if they brought in Mariota, Winston, or Bridgewater.

  4. of9376

    The fact that they haven’t agreed to a deal yet is concerning. Dak wants to be paid like he’s an MVP type QB, which he is not. He is an above average QB. This shouldn’t be that hard. Prob in the 27-30m a year range.

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