There are hot takes, and takes so scorching they can melt tungsten. This is the latter.
Brinson presupposes the Cowboys apply the non-exclusive franchise tag to Prescott, allowing him to negotiate with outside suitors. The exclusive franchise tag would prohibit such discussions.
If Miami is willing to give up No. 5 and No. 18, the Cowboys pull the trigger and go sign a free agent. If you’re Miami, you do that right? Two picks — probably less than the cost of getting Tua in a trade up — and you land Dak. You can hand him $40 million and get down to the business of building out your roster. I know the new “Moneyball” is having a QB on a rookie deal, but it’s way more important to have a good quarterback.
The Dolphins can guarantee they’ve got a 26-year-old franchise quarterback, albeit one who is expensive. Let the Cowboys figure out how to rebuild at the position. This deal won’t happen, because Jerry Jones loves Dak too much, having “found” him in the draft. But it’s fun to imagine. Let’s gooooo.
There are several things wrong with this scenario, starting with the tag. If Dallas is forced to use it, they’ll do so in the interest of keeping Dak under strict team control. And at an estimated $33 million for 2020, it’s the same amount they reportedly offered back in September — an offer that Prescott promptly rejected.
Although Miami certainly has the capital to pull off a blockbuster trade (three first-round choices and two second-rounders), they’re in a prime position to nab Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. They’d still secure their cornerstone QB while saving a premium pick, which could then be devoted to building around Tua.
Dallas, meanwhile, probably wouldn’t want to hamper a win-now roster, led by a new, veteran head coach. Moving Prescott late in the offseason means they’d have to immediately draft a starting signal-caller or explore the picked-over free-agent market (or *gulp* rely on Cooper Rush). Not too ideal for offensive-minded Mike McCarthy and Co.
As contentious as contract talks have been, Prescott remains the best option for the Cowboys, and vice versa. Because, hey, a prime Tom Brady ain’t walking through that door, and this fantastical proposition has zero chance of materializing in real life.
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Jerry Jones Addresses Likelihood of Dak Holdout
Absent a new contract, Prescott has subtly threatened to skip offseason workouts and train away from team headquarters. But absent of worry is owner/general manager Jerry Jones.
“It’s not a concern of mine,” Jones recently said, per The Athletic. “Dak understands, in my mind, one of the great things about Dak is his commitment to building a team. I don’t have an issue there.”
Prescott stopped short of threatening a respite to Cabo, a la Ezekiel Elliott. But without a concrete pact in place, he wouldn’t commit to showing his face at The Star or participating in voluntary team practices, which begin in April.
“Report that,” he said in January. “Be sure to report that.”
Prescott, who threw for a career-high 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns last season, is seeking long-term financial security and the type of generational wealth packaged within a 10-year, $350 million pact, as has been proposed.
At the very least, he’d prefer a short-term yet highly-lucrative and almost fully-guaranteed contract, scoring a windfall now and the opportunity to re-test the market later, before the 26-year-old turns 30.
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