Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys may be “all in” in negotiating a long-term contract before the July 15 deadline for players under the franchise tag, and Prescott may have confirmed his affinity with the US team by recently signing the 2020 tag. But what if Prescott’s best path forward is not to land a lucrative extension for this season?
Assuming neither side has a full overlap with an average annual salary yet, CBS Sports’ John Breech believes the Cowboys quarterback should follow in the footsteps of former NFC East rival Kirk Cousins and milk Dallas for cash.
“I think the Cowboys might be driving him a little bit crazy … because the Cowboys don’t know what’s going on this year,” said Breech on Monday’s Pick Pod Podcast (listen below and sign up here for daily NFL goodness) , referring to salary ceiling uncertainty during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The more I think about it, I think Dak should pull a Kirk Cousins and play it individually on his franchise tag, because look, let’s say at worst, there are no fans in the audience next year and it salary cap falls Well, now Dak goes in (en) if the Cowboys want to keep him, they will have to tag him again and give him at least $ 37.7 million, so if I’m Dak, I just don’t make a deal long-term. “
Podcast presenter Will Brinson agreed, pointing out that he would start negotiations by asking for at least $ 38 million a year – almost the total Prescott would earn under a projected franchise label in 2021. And as for the the Cowboys’ perspective on long-term conversations?
“Just pay him what he wants,” Brinson said. “The longer you wait for this, the worse you are … If Deshaun Watson signs an extension or, God forbid, Patrick Mahomes, the number goes up.”
Prescott will make $ 31.5 million under the tag in 2020. If / when he signs his next long-term contract, he is among the NFL’s highest paid QBs. It’s just a matter of whether he signs that deal in Dallas, and when.