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Cowboys Tackle Chance of Revoking Dak Prescott’s $31.4M Franchise Tag


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If nothing else, Dak Prescott can breathe simple figuring out he’s assured $31.four million for the 2020 season — the quantity of his unique franchise tag, which the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has but to signal.

A tag which on no account, together with a protracted contract squabble, will probably be faraway from the bargaining desk, Cowboys government vp Stephen Jones confirmed.

“Completely not,” Jones not too long ago instructed Mike Florio of Professional Soccer Speak. “Dak’s our quarterback for the long run. Clearly, this hasn’t been the best factor. As Jerry says, ‘As cash will get greater, offers get tougher.’ Actually, we’re speaking a big sum of money right here which he so deserves. Completely not. Dak’s going to be our quarterback this yr. He’s our quarterback for the long run. We expect the world of him. He represents our franchise in a really optimistic approach by way of what we wish as a pacesetter of our staff. He’s simply an excellent man, and we’d by no means rescind the franchise tag.”

As Florio factors out, the brand new Collective Bargaining Settlement permits Dallas to rescind the tag at their very own discretion. And there’s incentive (learn: leverage) behind such a maneuver. If Prescott have been to play this yr on the band-aid tender, the staff would wish to supply the two-time Professional Bowler no less than $37.68 million in 2021 — a 20-percent improve in wage — to stop him from turning into an unrestricted free agent.

“By ruling out rescinding the tender, the Cowboys have accepted the truth that they’ll both give Dak a report contract or see the clock tick loudly towards a possible monetary nightmare, or the departure of their beginning quarterback,” Florio wrote.

The edges have till July 15 to barter a long-term pact. Failing that, Prescott can be offered with two choices: Signal the tag or sit out the 2020 marketing campaign. There’s no indication, as of this writing, that Prescott is ready to open Door No. 2, however issues can (and can) change over the following few months with coaching camp drawing nearer.

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Dak, Dallas Reportedly ‘Prepared for Something’

Prescott isn’t any nearer to touchdown his desired megadeal than he was in March. Or February. Or final September. His camp stays embroiled in talks with the Cowboys — talks that haven’t borne fruit, and maybe by no means will.

“There’s been a bit a lull in negotiations with the Cowboys, so either side proceed to speak this up,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Sunday on SportsCenter, per Bleacher Report. “However I’m instructed they need to be prepared for something, together with the potential of urgent up in opposition to that July 15 deadline for the franchise tag. There’s a number of obstacles in play, together with variety of years. The Cowboys prefer to go long term—5, six, seven years on their offers. Prescott desires extra flexibility on that, and so it’s been regular, however it’s been very gradual on that entrance.”

Together with Dak’s aforementioned choice to ink a four-year contract, he’s allegedly aiming to eclipse Seattle’s Russell Wilson ($35 million yearly) because the NFL’s highest-paid QB. Earlier stories claimed Prescott rejected no less than two provides which might have paid him in extra of $33 million yearly with $105 million in ensures.

Mike Fisher of Maven Sports activities not too long ago reported the Cowboys are discussing a proposal value $35 million per yr and over $106 million assured. The yearly wage wouldmake Prescott the highest-paid participant, not simply signal-caller, in league historical past.

For what it’s value, Jones has regularly expressed optimism that an settlement will “get completed” within the weeks or, if needed, the months forward.

“Nobody thinks extra of Dak Prescott than Jerry Jones and myself. I do know [coach] Mike [McCarthy], when he signed on, a part of why he signed on was Dak Prescott. It’s simply getting it completed,” he stated on a current episode of SportsCenter, through The Athletic and Bleacher Report. “The larger these offers get, Jerry and I’ve all the time discovered that to be the case in enterprise, the larger the {dollars} get, the tougher they get. We imagine in our observe report of getting gamers signed. I completely imagine we’ll get Dak signed on the proper quantity that’s good for Dak, good for the Cowboys, good for this staff. And I feel on the finish of the day, the truth that we’re getting some good hype for our draft, I feel he’s going to need to get in right here and get with these gamers, whether or not it’s CeeDee Lamb or anybody else. He desires to win.”

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