How franchise tagging Dak Prescott could impact the Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Media Craze

Remember this past offseason when running back Ezekiel Elliott was holding out? The media was constantly swarming the team and its executives about what may be happening.

Imagine just how bad the media would be if Prescott, the quarterback for America’s Team, held out. Sure you can say it’s technically not ‘holding out’ since he isn’t under contract, but there is one thing.

Prescott can skip the offseason workout to gain leverage. With new head coach Mike McCarthy coming in, the Cowboys surely do not want Dak to miss any time. The more time that they can work together and put together their offense, the better.

At that point, the media would be much worse than they were with Elliott. Can you blame them for that though? How can Jerry Jones allow the quarterback of America’s Team to hold out?

Take into account the money that they paid Elliott and defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, and you now have people criticizing the organization for not locking up their quarterback first. As if they haven’t started already, it will only get worse.

There are people out there that seem to believe the media attention does not bother players anymore. I agree and disagree at the same time. Sure, there may be some that can push it off, but there are many players out there that can’t.

Think about what the Chicago Bears did. Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky wanted to shut off all of the televisions in Halas Hall to avoid all the media criticism.

You can look at that two ways. In one sense, it’s good that your quarterback is doing whatever it may take to improve himself and the team. However, it is then clear that the media attention was getting to him and his teammates.

Overall, the media attention during the offseason shouldn’t be that big of a deal for the players. If it extends into the season; however, then that will become a problem they shouldn’t and wouldn’t want to deal with.