Dak Prescott – The Other Options
The next solution is to franchise tag Prescott. Which would be $33 million, all guaranteed. I can see the Cowboys doing this for obvious reasons.
The Cowboys would hope to continue to discuss a long term deal, to avoid letting him walk away from the team and so new head coach Mike McCarthy can evaluate him for a year.
The main issue with this is Prescott may hold out and this now affects him learning a new offense.
Also, if the new CBA deal is agreed upon before the new year starts teams can only have one tag, the franchise tag. If Dallas uses this tag on Prescott then Cooper becomes a free agent with no contractual ties to the Cowboys because the transition tag no longer exists.
Getting a deal done with Prescott allows you to lock up the most important position on the team and also be able to retain Cooper. Whether that gets done or not is to be determined but talks will surely heat up this upcoming week because deadlines make deals.
Those seem like the only two likely options for Prescott, he’s not going anywhere. He’s their number one priority and other pieces to the roster won’t be resolved until his situation is over with.
Letting Prescott go outright would be a terrible decision for this franchise. Again, the main reason I suggest signing him is purely because the Cowboys roster can win now. If they were a bottom half team then the money isn’t worth it as you have multiple holes to fill.
The Cowboys also can’t just sign and trade Prescott because he would have to sign off on that and there is no chance he does so.
There aren’t many holes in the offense at all if you sign both Cooper and Prescott. The only position that comes to mind is tight end.
The holes are on the other side of the ball and if the Cowboys dedicate the draft and use free agency to sign tier two players who can help immediately for this defense then we can see a team who can at least make a run at the NFC title game.
Let me know your thoughts Cowboys Nation. Should Dallas sign Prescott and for how much a year is your firm offer? Do they let him walk or would you use the franchise tag on him and allow McCarthy to evaluate him for one year?