There’s a bunch of things that will need to unfold for the Cowboys not to tag Dak Prescott.
It might be the worst-kept secret in the NFL, but the Dallas Cowboys will be bringing back Dak Prescott for the 2021 season. The question is, how much will they be willing to pay for him to be a member of their staff?
Prescott, who played on the team’s transition tag last season, might be doing so again in 2021. Dallas isn’t afraid to let him be on the tag for another season, even if it would cost them roughly $38 million for the upcoming season.
However, there is another option that could unfold in the Prescott progression.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Cowboys will push to sign Prescott long-term before the deal comes into fruition on March 9. However, the franchise would actually be used this time due to injury concerns following a second surgery on his ankle.
The Cowboys star passer left in Week 5 after suffering a leg injury against the New York Giants. He would be ruled out for the remainder of the year, finishing with 1,856 passing yards and 12 total touchdowns.
Why won’t the Cowboys come to terms with Prescott?
Considering Dallas’ 6-10 record and the offense’s regression after losing the two-time Pro Bowler, this seems like a deal that should have been done well before Super Bowl weekend. Instead, it might drag out for quite some time.
Multiple reports have indicated that Dallas has offered Prescott a deal in the past. Last season, the Cowboys were willing to give the 27-year-old an average salary of $34.5 million per year, included a $50 million signing bonus and had $110 million in guarantees. The was first reported by ESPN’s Todd Archer.
Prescott though refused the deal.
What seems to be the real issue isn’t money, but rather time. The Cowboys would like him to take an offer worth five years while Prescott’s camp wants four. Ultimately, that could be the dealbreaker in keep Prescott down in Arlington longer than next season.
For now, don’t expect Prescott to be suiting up for another team. In 2022? That could be a completely different story.