Why would Dak Prescott sign his franchise tag now?

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Dak Prescott is just now signing his franchise tag, but why now?

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott just signed his franchise tag. It has been over three months since Dallas placed the exclusive tag on him, and now he signs.

The deadline for him to sign was on July 15th which was under one month away. This brings up the question, why would Dak sign his franchise tag now?

The Dallas Cowboys have had one full year to try and put together a new contract for their quarterback. Instead of signing an extension last offseason, Dak opted to play out the last season of his rookie contract and get paid this offseason.

Even during the regular season, everyone was talking about what will happen with Dak. Now with less than a month to work out a long-term deal, Dak signs his tender?

For one, no one should be surprised that he did sign it. The only reason he wouldn’t sign would be if he was planning on holding out, and I didn’t see Dak doing that. The timing can be questioned though.

Sitting out the virtual offseason may be looked at as Dak sending a message to management. Or, maybe he just thought that a deal would be signed by the end of the virtual offseason, and if not then he would sign the tag. I think it is more likely to be the latter.

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The NFL voluntary offseason program officially ends on June 26th, which is only two days away. As NFL teams are slowly having more people in their facilities, Dak finally signs the franchise tag.

Dallas has a new head coach in Mike McCarthy, and that means Dak has a new offense to learn. While offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is still there, I’m sure the offensive guru McCarthy has changes he wants to implement.

Signing means Dak can go to the facility and start getting ready for the new season. It’s a tough task for a quarterback to get used to a new system, so the more time he has to do it the better. He is a great teammate and competitor that wants to get ready to win games.

I don’t think him signing the tag has anything to do with where he and owner Jerry Jones are in contract negotiations. They are still not on the same page for the length or the value of the contract.

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I’m sure Dak, like the rest of us, wishes that the contract was dealt with by this time. Well, let’s hope that he and Jerry Jones come to terms with a deal before July 15th. If not, then Dak will play on his franchise tag, and we will be in the same spot next offseason.