How franchise tagging Dak Prescott could impact the Dallas Cowboys

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Free Agency

While the Dallas Cowboys are known for being quiet during the free agency frenzy, Prescott’s contract not being resolved may make them even quieter. This may lead to Jerry Jones and co. missing out on some players they have been eyeing.

One main concern for the team is the defensive line. There are notable names, such as defensive tackles Mike Daniels and Damon Harrison. Both would be great assets for the Cowboys, but would not be signed before the Dak situation has settled.

Even defensive tackles Timmy Jernigan and Sheldon Day would be out of the question until Prescott is signed. Even though they would be looked at as ‘cheaper’ contracts, the attention needs to be given to the quarterback.

This then becomes an offseason of free-agent opportunities lost. The focus would be entirely on their current roster and the NFL draft.

Considering the roster, it can’t be that bad of a decision. The Cowboys have a great roster, they simply couldn’t put it all together this past season. The only concerns I would have are the defensive line and safety, which can be addressed in the draft.

Other than that, the Cowboys have all the pieces on their roster. The problem is some of these players need new contracts, such as Cooper.

Prescott being franchised will extend the time that Dallas has to offer him a contract. The sooner the deal is done, the better. The longer the Cowboys wait, the more it will hurt the team.

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Dak Prescott isn’t just any player. He is the quarterback of one of, if not the most followed NFL franchise. It sucks to say, but franchise tagging him will have a huge effect on the entire organization. Jerry Jones and Prescott need to put the pen to the paper as soon as possible.