Its deadline week in Dallas.
The Cowboys and Dak Prescott have until Wednesday at 3pm central time to negotiate a long-term deal. If a deal is not reached by Wednesday, Dak will play for $31.4 million in 2020 on the franchise tag.
From NFL research
Since 1993, Dak is the 8th quarterback to be designated a franchise player but only two have played a season under the tag. Drew Brees with the Chargers and Kirk Cousins with the Redskins are the only two that played a season under the tag and both eventually left once they hit unrestricted free agency.
As we sit here on Monday evening, the Cowboys and Dak don’t have a meeting scheduled to talk before Wednesdays deadline, which could change with a simple phone call but the fact that one isn’t already schedule does surprise me. It also tells me that the tag is the most likely outcome for the 2020 season.
If Dak were to play on the tag, my confidence in a long-term agreement getting done next season or beyond would be extremely low. In fact, I feel confident saying that if a deal isn’t reached, I don’t see one getting done next season either with the 120 percent increase in salary for a player being tagged back to back seasons, which would put his salary around $38 million.
At that point, the relationship is scarred beyond repair and would open the door for Dak to hit unrestricted free agency after the 2021 season because franchise tagging him for a third straight year is completely unrealistic as the salary would expand to over $50 million.
Stay tuned for updates as this situation can change at any moment.
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