The Dallas Cowboys have used their exclusive franchise tag on Dak Prescott to no one’s surprise. But expect the team to continue to string along contract talks.
The Dallas Cowboys have a habit of stringing things out. If making choices were a race, the Cowboys are often the tortoise and rarely the hare. And their decision on Monday to use their exclusive franchise tag in order to retain pending unrestricted free agent quarterback Dak Prescott is just the latest example.
It took the Cowboys forever to release wide receiver Dez Bryant in April of 2018 after months of speculation. Running back Ezekiel Elliott held out all of training camp and the preseason before signing a six-year, $90 million contract extension just days before the start of the regular season last year.
In late December, Dallas didn’t immediately part ways with their longtime head coach Jason Garrett after another disappointing 8-8 season without a playoff berth. The season ended for the Cowboys on December 29. And despite everyone seemingly expecting America’s Team to move on from Garrett, the Cowboys strung out that announcement until January 5th. Welcome to how things get done in Dallas.
It appears to be business as usual as deadlines seem to make big deals in Big D. The Cowboys have had several months to try and get a contract extension in place for their franchise quarterback. Yet, unsurprisingly, executive vice president Stephen Jones admitted at the end of last month that the team and Prescott’s representatives hadn’t even spoken since September.
The talks between the Cowboys and Prescott’s reps have reportedly intensified as the NFL franchise tag deadline has approached. Yet, despite having months to get a deal done, a long term contract extension for Dak hasn’t been struck.
Now that the Dallas Cowboys have used their exclusive franchise tag to retain Dak Prescott for 2020 at a cost of around $33 million, they’ve given themselves a new deadline to get a long term deal done. But based on their recent history, expect to see little to no momentum on Prescott’s contract until just before July 15.