Cowboys Will Reportedly Franchise Tag QB Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott during a Redskins vs. Cowboys game in 2017. Photo by Shane Roper/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9301471cj)

Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott spent the majority of the past year negotiating an extension, but didn’t manage to strike a deal until now. And, as recent reports suggest, they are still a long way from finding an agreement.

According to NFL Network and ESPN, the most likely outcome of this situation will be Cowboys placing a franchise tag on Prescott. However, they added that neither side would be happy with this solution.

Reportedly, Dallas would like to resolve the situation quickly and will continue to insist on a long-term deal in the next weeks. Prescott, after playing on a $2 million contract last season, would also like the long-term security, but isn’t willing to budge from his terms in order to get it right away.

The biggest issue in the talks is the determination of Prescott’s value. Reports say that Dallas is willing to make Prescott among the most paid QBs in the league, but that isn’t enough for the player. The 26-year-old two-times Pro Bowler instead wants to reset the QB market and become the highest-paid player on the position.

Prescott rejected the contract offer last offseason and instead decided to bet on himself in 2019. Although he had career year statistically, throwing for 4,902 and 30 touchdowns, this didn’t translate into wins. Cowboys missed the playoffs, finishing with 8-8, which is something that the front office is probably using it as leverage in the negotiations.