The talk around the NFL continues to remain on Dak Prescott‘s contract situation with the Dallas Cowboys as Wednesday’s 4 p.m. EST deadline approaches closer. There remains keen mutual interest from both sides to get a new deal worked out, but there hasn’t been any significant movement toward that falling into place. Instead, another surprising aspect of the extension talks given way to why Prescott could enter the 2020 season without a new contract.
Dak Prescott’s contract situation lingers
The biggest question that Jerry Jones and the Cowboys have continued to face has surrounded Dak Prescott’s contract situation with the franchise.
Prescott recently finally inked his $31.4 million franchise tag for the 2020 season, which has shifted the attention over to the upcoming deadline for extension talks this week. There hasn’t been any notable movement toward getting a new deal in place, but it has become increasingly clear that a four-year contract could get the job done.
However, that hasn’t moved Dallas any closer to hammering out an extension with their Pro Bowl quarterback. Instead, things remain at a standstill with the deadline fast approaching and more reason for concern on that front due to one detail emerging from the process.
Dak Prescott hasn’t spoken to the Cowboys since March
It has been a contract negotiation process between Dak Prescott and the Cowboys that has continued to linger on without any resolution.
It’s reached a point where there isn’t any clarity about whether there will be a new extension in place before the deadline on Wednesday afternoon. According to Clarence E. Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, what is even more telling about how stark things stand is the fact that the two sides haven’t spoken since March.
The two sides are still not close to coming to terms. Per source, they have not had contract talks since March when the Cowboys offered a five-year deal worth more than $34 million per year with $110 million guaranteed that Prescott turned down.
That would push things back to the franchise tag being placed on Prescott before the start of free agency. There was likely a last-second push to get a new deal done, but it was a conversation that couldn’t reach an agreement on an extension. What is most puzzling about it all is there hasn’t been any notable movement toward a new contract.
There is a mutual interest to get a long-term deal in place, but there hasn’t been any budging toward that coming to fruition. It all begs the question of if and when that will happen.
Will the Cowboys secure a long-term deal with Dak Prescott?
There is no way around it; the Cowboys backs are against the clock for getting an extension worked out with Dak Prescott.
It has rung quite clear over the last few weeks that the 26-year-old wants a contract will be four years in length. That may be one year shorter than what Dallas wants, but it will get this linger situation out of their way for the next couple of years.
The Cowboys have shown a willingness to pay him like one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, it’s just them meeting the Pro Bowl halfway and agreeing to a deal that is one year less than what they want. Prescott has brought tremendous stability to the franchise that includes a pair of playoff appearances in his first four years in the league.
The decision to get this done also erases questions of their quarterback’s future with the franchise that could linger throughout the 2020 campaign. Beyond that, it could lead to this being a rinse-and-repeat process all over again next offseason with them having to shell out more money than they would like. It’s all in the Cowboys’ hands to get a deal done with their star quarterback.