Over the last several months, the central focus around the Dallas Cowboys has been the contract talks around Pro Bowl quarterback Dak Prescott. Things have reached a standstill with Prescott on track to become a free agent in the coming weeks. There is mutual interest on both sides to work out a new deal, but things have remained at an impasse. However, there is one intriguing detail that has emerged from the Cowboys’ perspective on the contract discussions with Prescott.
Dak Prescott’s contract desire
The way that the Cowboys have navigated the contract situation with Prescott has created chatter around how much they value him.
It’s been no secret that the 26-year-old wants to be paid like one of the league’s top players at the position. The question has become whether Dallas is willing to pay that type of money to secure Prescott for the long haul.
There have been various numbers floating around that include him eyeing $40 million annually, but that is likely a figure that the Cowboys will be hesitant towards committing themselves fully. Prescott would have to take a step down from that but should be in the ballpark of getting paid like an elite quarterback in the league.
With all that in mind, Dallas may have revealed a timetable for when they want to have a new contract in place.
Cowboys’ timetable for Dak Prescott’s new deal
Things have remained quiet on the front of getting a new deal worked out between the Cowboys and Prescott over the last several months.
However, that silence was broken on Wednesday as both sides briefly met to talk about the situation. There may not have been anything cemented, but it appears that the Cowboys are looking to avoid using the franchise tag on Prescott, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.
For the first time since September the Dallas Cowboys and Todd France, the agent for Dak Prescott, had conversations on Wednesday regarding the quarterback’s contract. The meeting did not last long but the Cowboys hope to get a long-term deal finished before needing to use the franchise tag on Prescott. To a degree the discussions are complicated by the CBA extension that needs to be voted on by the players.
There are other variables in play, such as the new CBA extension, but it looks like the Cowboys don’t want to use the franchise tag on their star quarterback. Teams can begin utilizing that option starting on March 12, which is six days before the start of free agency.
Although the Cowboys would like to avoid that route, it’s something that they can use to extend the window of time for contract talks. There is much that could change in the coming weeks, but this at least indicates when Dallas wants to get a new deal in place with Prescott.
What will the Cowboys do with Dak Prescott?
There still isn’t much clarity on where things stand in the contract talks between both sides, but there is undoubtedly a keen interest in getting a new deal done.
Head coach Mike McCarthy is on board with Prescott as he voiced on Wednesday that he believes he can win a Super Bowl with him. On top of that, the Pro Bowler has never wavered in his desire to remain with the Cowboys.
It may come down to what number Dallas is comfortable in paying Prescott to move forward with him thoroughly entrenched as their franchise cornerstone under center. However, if things move towards the use of the franchise tag, it could become quite an interesting situation as those talks could linger on much longer into the offseason.
The coming weeks will be quite telling of how much value the Cowboys have in Prescott being at the centerfold of their long-term future.