Throughout the past offseason, the focus around the Dallas Cowboys remained on Dak Prescott’s contract situation. It’s something that team owner Jerry Jones hasn’t been able to square away as Prescott will play the 2020 season under the franchise tag. It has led to Jones and the Cowboys continuing to deal with questions around their star quarterback’s long-term future despite contract talks only allowed to pick up next offseason.
Once again, the conversation has sparked up with Jones having to address the matter after another rumor emerged.
Dak Prescott’s contract situation remains hard to ignore
Since the offseason before the 2019 campaign, the Cowboys have dealt with questions concerning Dak Prescott’s long-term future.
It’s a matter that the team hasn’t agreed on a new contract with their star quarterback. There is mutual interest on both sides, but nothing has yet to materialize regarding a lucrative extension. It has guided the situation toward Prescott playing the 2020 campaign under the franchise tag.
Things have reached a finalized place contractually for this season, but it hasn’t stopped the rumor mill around the topic. It has all led Jerry Jones to address it yet again.
Jerry Jones talks about Dak Prescott’s contract situation again
Despite Dak Prescott’s contract situation being held off until next offseason, Jerry Jones can’t escape the conversation.
It’s once again the case as another report surfaced stating Prescott would have taken a five-year deal with $35 million a year if his franchise tag option after the last year were nulled. Jones voiced during one of his twice-weekly appearances on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas that he wouldn’t get into that talk. (H/T Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk)
“I’m not going to specifically get into Dak’s situation and wouldn’t,” Jones said. “The franchise tag itself is normally reserved for a very, very impactful one that gives you leverage, one that allows you to, if you will, bargain but still keep the player. It’s an integral part of the negotiation process in the NFL. That’s not just to Dak. That’s to any player there is. You would not want it to be a very valuable to retain in our case, and we did. But it gives you the ability to do what we’re doing this year, and that’s without agreement we’re on a long-term contract.”
Although he’s not genuinely addressing the rumor, it does bring some life to that possibility on the table. That said, Florio is reporting that the scenario was never involved in the discussion.
Nonetheless, it’s showing that the contract extension situation is one that continues to have legs despite the chatter having to wait until next offseason to resume.
Cowboys focused on the 2020 season
The Cowboys may have Dak Prescott’s contract situation hanging overhead, but that should be on the backburners with the 2020 season underway.
Dallas is coming off a disappointing 20-17 loss in Week 1 to the LA Rams. It was a game that they had several opportunities to pull out the road win. Instead, they sit below the .500 mark heading into their Week 2 matchup at home against the Atlanta Falcons.
There are plenty of high expectations placed on the Cowboys as potential Super Bowl contenders in the stacked NFC. Much of that will depend on Dak Prescott’s performance as he’s the conductor of their highly talented offense. The pieces are in place for the Cowboys to push forward to reach the playoffs and much more.