Jonesing for Joe. Begging for Burrow. Catchphrases aside, a sect exists of Dallas Cowboys fans who want the team to essentially trade Dak Prescott for the projected top overall pick in April’s NFL draft.
Prescott detractors received a war chest of ammo this offseason as the Cowboys’ incumbent quarterback has vacillated between confident and obstinate in ongoing contract negotiations, which could culminate with the two-time Pro Bowler becoming the league’s highest-paid QB.
“Could” being the operative word. There’s no agreement currently in sight, and Prescott is more likely to receive the franchise tag — much to his dismay — by the March 10 deadline.
So in a world where Dak isn’t the QB of the future, the Cowboys need a Plan B to bank on. Opinions vary wildly. Oddsmakers believe future Hall-of-Famer Tom Brady is in play. Consensus top-five pick Tua Tagovailoa seems to believe there’s a non-zero chance he joins his childhood favorite team.
And those aforementioned fans hope, half-heartedly or not, that Dallas acquires the No. 1 selection to secure Burrow’s services, and possibly shipping Prescott to the Queen City in the process.
If we’re comparing realistic scenarios, Tagovailoa donning the star in 2020 is a helluva lot more plausible than Burrow calling North Texas home. To be clear: even that is extremely, extremely unlikely to happen.
Moving from No. 17 to first overall would require selling the proverbial farm, parting with several first-round choices, a smattering of additional capital, and perhaps a star player (like Prescott). This, assuming Cincinnati has any interest in eschewing the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner, who logged an NCAA FBS-record 5,671 passing yards and 60 touchdowns for national-champion LSU.
Spoiler: They don’t. And the farm is staying right where it is, with Prescott as its linchpin.
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Tua Leaks Interest in Being Drafted by Dallas
Reportedly eyeing a “big splash” in the draft, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would need to cede a similarly gargantuan package to land Tagovailoa, the former Alabama star destined to play for the Miami Dolphins, who own the No. 5 overall selection.
This means cutting a deal with the New York Giants at No. 4 — a 13-spot trade-up that’d forever alter the course of the organization, provided Dallas doesn’t re-sign Dak.
If these requisites are met, Tagovailoa’s wish would come true and he’d join his “favorite team” from his formative years, such as he revealed in a recent interview with NFL Network.
“If you’re saying to me if I could choose what team I want to play on as far as my favorite team growing up, then I’d probably tell you the Cowboys, but I mean they’re so far down,” he said, per Bleacher Report.
Tua clarified his comments to demonstrate no ill will toward Prescott. In fact, the 2018 national champion and Heisman runner-up, rehabbing a severe hip injury, claims he wouldn’t mind beginning his professional career as a backup.
“I’d handle it the way that the coaches there want to handle it,” Tagovailoa said, per Bleacher Report. “I just want to be able to play again. I wouldn’t mind learning under whatever guy that’s the starter, give me a whole year to rest up, and then go back out there and compete. But I just want to go out there and play.”
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