Choosing up where the Cowboys left off very last offseason, negotiations for a extended-time period contract with starting up quarterback Dak Prescott is when once again difficulty No. 1 on the team’s to-do checklist.
Following the sides were being unable to concur on a long-expression extension final July, Prescott performed the 2020 time on Dallas’ exceptional franchise tag worth a lot more than $31 million. He appeared in only 5 online games in advance of struggling a period-ending harm, the to start with video games Prescott has skipped in his NFL vocation.
Let us consider a look at where talks amongst Prescott and the Cowboys currently stand and their alternatives relocating ahead:
Negotiating window open
The Cowboys’ season arrived to an conclusion Jan. 3 immediately after a 23-19 defeat at the New York Giants. With the decline, the negotiating window for a franchise-tagged Prescott reopened.
The sides remain hopeful an extension can be attained this time all around. On the other hand, an supplemental (and more expensive) franchise tag is again out there in 2021 for the Cowboys to use need to they not come to an arrangement.
Additional from The News’ Michael Gehlken: “Due to diminished earnings throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 wage cap that will be reduced than initially predicted. Dallas programs to franchise tag Prescott a 2nd time if no extension is reached by March. This $37.69 million tag would present a stress all-around which to build a 53-male roster. … All $37.69 million would depend against the 2021 cap.
“The Cowboys hope to lock up Prescott before mid-March. If forced to tag him once more, they’d have one more several months to attain an extension right before the 2021 embargo comes in the summertime.”
To evaluation, here’s a breakdown of deal negotiations between the Cowboys and Prescott, as described by The News’ David Moore:
July 2019: The Cowboys introduced Prescott with a proposal that averaged $30 million and a assurance of $90 million getting into training camp, placing him among the leading five players at the situation at that time.
September 2019: In an effort to strike a offer prior to the normal period commenced, the club upped that present to an typical of $33 million with a promise of near to $105 million.
February or March 2020: The workforce provided a deal that bumped the typical above $34 million with a guarantee of previously mentioned that of Wentz.
April 2020: The most current offer averaged roughly $34.5 million with a promise a little earlier mentioned $110 million for 5 several years.
June 22, 2020: Prescott signed the exclusive franchise tag, which carried a $31.409 wage for the 2020 time. It also contractually obligated him to report for coaching camp.
July 15, 2020: The 3 p.m. deadline to negotiate a extended-term deal passed, and Prescott became only the third quarterback to perform less than the franchise tag.
Dates to don’t forget
The affect of the COVID-19 pandemic will be felt into the 2021 period. Some of the NFL’s offseason timetable has but to even be finalized. The dates which are regarded are thought of tentative.
However, for gamers and teams with franchise tag issues, there is at the very least some clarity.
NFL teams will be able retain the legal rights to one of its impending cost-free agents in 2021 with the use of a non-exclusive or an exclusive franchise tag through an approximated two-7 days period setting up Feb. 23.
Past offseason, Dallas placed its special franchise tag on Prescott in March, but the quarterback experienced until finally the league’s July 15 deadline to officially indication the tag as the sides’ eventually futile negations on a extensive-phrase deal continued.
This time close to, really should the Cowboys position the tag on Prescott once again, the deadline to signal has not yet been finalized.
What they are indicating …
The Jones relatives, even immediately after Prescott’s injuries, has been steadfast in their support of the Cowboys quarterback as very well as his very long-phrase potential with the franchise.
At the conclude of Dallas’ bumpy period, Jerry Jones went as considerably as to say the leverage in deal talks experienced totally shifted to his quarterback’s aspect.
“I never know how you could have any extra leverage,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] before this thirty day period. “Dak has completely been a, might be a image postcard so to converse, but his evolving into an NFL quarterback has been absolutely nothing short of perfect photo.
“He has wonderful capacity in my mind to earn games. He’s talented. He undoubtedly has experience. And, so, he has all the items as substantiated by what we’ve offered Dak.”
A 5-yr supply that averaged $34.5 million and confirmed just in excess of $110 million unsuccessful to seal the deal final July, according to The News’ David Moore.
Because then, the two Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson have signed their possess mega discounts. The Eagles and Rams may well be pondering their have futures that are saddled together with large contracts presently specified to Carson Wentz and Jared Goff, respectively. Even Lamar Jackson may possibly be in line for an extension with the Ravens quicker instead than later.
But when it arrives to Prescott, the uncertainty of the NFL quarterback marketplace doesn’t seem to be to issue Jones.
“You wouldn’t be presenting Dak what’s becoming presented in the earlier if you [had] not considered he was incredibly special,” Jones explained. “The difficulty is how do you occur with each other and that’s no stranger to me.
“I’ve been doing it my entire lifetime. I received listed here putting things together, and we got to get it jointly.”
The latest on Prescott’s health
The outlook of the Cowboys’ full 2020 year improved as Prescott was carted off the field at AT&T Stadium in October soon after his ugly ankle damage.
But luckily for us for the Cowboys, all indicators in excess of the previous couple months have pointed to the quarterback’s restoration heading very well. Prescott manufactured a shock look at Cowboys observe in early December. Head coach Mike McCarthy claimed his recovery was “on course” previously this thirty day period. The team’s initial recovery time frame placed Prescott back on the field in April or May perhaps.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport gave an update on Prescott’s recovery on Jan. 16:
“He’s coming together wonderful,” Rapoport explained. “He’s walking ideal now, which is a significant move, performing the anti-gravity treadmill and the HydroWorx pool, which takes strain off his ankle but allows him to get in shape. He is making fantastic progress, and based on the work he’s put in, what they imagine, he’s heading to occur again superior than at any time.”
Prescott is envisioned to return at some point throughout offseason routines, and supplied a modern “Maintain my Crutches” jab on Instagram to teammate Ezekiel Elliott, he seems to have some lofty plans for the Cowboys upon his return.
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