Slow-rolling contract talks between the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott have hit an impasse, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who reported Sunday there’s “no long-term contract in sight” for the franchise quarterback.
Per Schefter, the sides still cannot settle on a monetary value for Prescott and, “at this point,” Dallas applying the franchise tag to the two-time Pro Bowl passer “looks inevitable.”
Although the Cowboys “strongly prefer” a multi-year deal, they’ve engaged in fruitless negotiations over the last several months “without coming close to a resolution,” according to Schefter.
In the season of leverage, Dallas may be countering against Prescott, who recently admitted to disappointment over oft-stalled discussions and contempt toward the franchise tag, which would pay him roughly $27 million — guaranteed — for 2020.
“We’ll get to that when we get to that,” Prescott told reporters Thursday, via the Dallas Morning News. “I look forward to talking to my agents and when that [franchise tag] comes to play, the direction that we’ll go. Until that’s a reality, I won’t worry about it. But I do feel like some of this should get done. I’m a little disappointed that it hasn’t, but that’s part of it.”
Prescott, who walked back previous optimism about a new contract, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on March 18. The deadline to use the tag is March 10, after which the team would have until July 15 to sign him long term.
The parties, Cowboys VP Stephen Jones claimed last month, were on the precipice of an agreement before the start of the 2019 season. And although talks eventually crumbled, creating a nationally-documented standstill, he plans to reach an accord with the “quarterback of the future.”
“It’s been urgent for us,” Jones said at last month’s Senior Bowl, via Pro Football Talk. “We certainly want to get that done. That’s our No. 1 priority as we go into the offseason is to . . . hopefully find some resolution to it and get that done.”
Prescott put a bow atop his rookie contract — earning “just” $2.025 million — with a breakout year. He set career highs with 4,902 passing yards, one shy of the club’s single-season record, and 30 touchdowns, spearheading the league’s top-ranked offense in yards per game and second-best aerial attack.
The Cowboys will take roughly $81 million in salary-cap room into free agency, enough to assuage Dak, who’s primed to reset the positional landscape. The absence of a lucrative deal, however, might result in a protracted holdout.
Prescott stopped short of threatening a ballyhooed respite to Cabo, a la Ezekiel Elliott, but he wouldn’t commit to showing his face at team headquarters, nor training in Texas this offseason, before putting pen to paper.
“Report that,” Prescott said Thursday. “Be sure to report that.”
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Prescott Spills Beans on Jason Garrett to Giants QB
For a brief moment, Prescott and Giants signal-caller Daniel Jones put their NFC East differences aside to discuss the one thing that now binds them: Jason Garrett, former Dallas head coach-turned-New York offensive coordinator.
Jones revealed that he picked Prescott’s brain regarding Garrett during Super Bowl LIV festivities in Miami.
“I actually met Dak—well, I’ve seen him on the field—met him for the first time down here and talked to him a little bit,” he said, per the Giants’ official website. “Everyone who has worked with Coach Garrett speaks very highly of him and I think Dak was certainly the same way. Guys respect him and it seems like he’s done a lot for a lot of peoples’ careers, so I’m excited to work with him.”
The Duke product is having to learn his second system in as many years, transitioning from Pat Shurmur to Garrett, who was jettisoned by the Cowboys after a decade in the big (often scorching-hot) seat.
So, who better to turn to for advice? Prescott conveyed to Jones the same endorsement he recently uttered in pre-Super Bowl media rounds.
“They’re getting a great coach,” he said of Garrett, via NJ Advance Media. “A smart coach. As great at preparing and as professional as any I have ever seen… I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done for my career. Believing in me to drive me and push me to be the player that I have become. I’m thankful for his impact.”
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