Cowboys Make Surprising Dak Prescott Decision
The Cowboys made a surprising Dak Prescott decision this week.
Dallas has made retaining the team’s star quarterback its top priority in the offseason.
Cowboys vice President Stephen Jones spoke to reporters at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday. While there, he acknowledged that bringing back Prescott was of the utmost importance.
Prescott’s contract officially expires on March 18, but Jones insisted that the organization would not allow him to reach free agency. The goal is to sign him to a new deal before that happens.
If for some reason a new contract cannot be worked out, Jones is open to placing the franchise tag on Prescott before March 10.
“It’s been urgent for us,” Jones admitted.
“We certainly want to get that done. That’s our No. 1 priority as we go into the offseason is to … hopefully find some resolution to it and get that done.”
Using the franchise tag on QB Dak Prescott won’t spoil the Cowboys’ free agency plans, VP Stephen Jones says, but the team really, really hopes to avoid that. “That’s our No. 1 priority as we go into the offseason.” https://t.co/sdOq3swmXa
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If Dallas does franchise tag Prescott, the quarterback would be due $27 million next season.
Jones genuinely hopes it does not come to that, though.
Once a deal with Prescott is in place, the Cowboys intend to work something out with wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Jones quite literally described getting Cooper resigned as “second” on his list of priorities.
Aside from Prescott and Cooper, Dallas will also need to figure out what it wants to do with defensive tackle Maliek Collins, wide receiver Randall Cobb, cornerback Byron Jones and linebacker Sean Lee.
All in all, the Cowboys have 25 unrestricted free agents to deal with at the moment.
Dallas finished last season with an 8-8 record and failed to make the playoffs. After parting ways with former head coach Jason Garrett, the Cowboys brought in former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy to replace him.