It’s been a situation that has garnered more attention than what the Dallas Cowboys hoped to bargain for concerning Dak Prescott. The team failed to work out a long-term extension before the franchise tag deadline, but that hasn’t stopped the questions about Prescott’s long-term future. The Cowboys have discussed it on many occasions, but that focus must shift quickly with the 2020 season on the horizon.
Dak Prescott’s contract situation continues to linger
Following the Cowboys placing the franchise tag on Dak Prescott for the 2020 season, the expectation stayed on an agreed extension coming forth.
The situation continued to linger on throughout the offseason as the July 15 deadline approached closer. The notion never changed from that before the deadline, but it never came to fruition. Prescott and the Cowboys remained far apart in the financial figures, which has led to the star quarterback playing the 2020 season under a one-year deal.
Since then, the dialogue sticks around on Prescott’s long-term future beyond the upcoming campaign. With that in mind, the topic has been broached again by the franchise.
Cowboys won’t stop talking about Dak Prescott’s contract
The Cowboys can’t sign Dak Prescott to a new contract until next offseason, but that hasn’t stopped the conversation.
It’s especially the case after Deshaun Watson inked a four-year, $156 million extension with the Houston Texans. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones has hit on the discussion again on Monday, stating that the team wants to put Prescott’s contract situation in the “rearview mirror.” (H/T Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk)
“We just continue to want to get Dak signed,” Jones said. “Obviously, we’re totally all in on him. It’s just finding something that makes sense for both the Cowboys and Dak. . . . I think I saw where Dak was quoted as saying he’s fired up about his future here in Dallas, and understands some of these things can be different in terms of ultimately getting a deal.”
Jones continued: “But I feel very confident we’ll get one. And I’m sure Dak feels the same way. We’d love to have it in the rearview mirror, but it’s not, and we’ll continue to address it and certainly feel very confident that we ultimately get something done.”
There is nothing the Cowboys can do now, but it’s clear that they have grown quite tired talking about it. The franchise put themselves in this spot, but the focus around the team should revert entirely to the upcoming season.
Focus should be on the 2020 season
Beyond Dak Prescott’s contract situation, the buzz around the Cowboys has been the strong optimism toward the 2020 season.
The front office has put together a talented roster on both sides of the ball that should see them compete for much more than the playoffs. The Cowboys have added another promising piece to their offense after taking Oklahoma standout wide receiver CeeDee Lamb.
Meanwhile, their defense features several proven veterans that should guide them forward. Yes, the Cowboys have Prescott’s contract situation floating over them, but the focus should stay entirely on the 2020 season. It’s a chance for them to break through under new head coach Mike McCarthy. He has brought forth a renewed sense around the franchise that could push them forward significantly.
Prescott will be a considerable part of the puzzle, but his contract situation should be the last thing discussed internally around the franchise until next offseason.