More news about Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys continues to circle around the 2020 offseason. The now 5th-year QB has been in the media cycle the past several months due to long-term contract disagreements from both Prescott and the Cowboys. However, that changes just a bit today, as the two-time Pro Bowler signed the exclusive franchise tag that pays him $30+ million in 2020. There will most definitely be more talks within the year surrounding a longer deal, but for now, the Cowboys have their QB1 this season.
Up to this point, Prescott had not been involved in any of the Cowboys’ virtual offseason programs. Both sides have expressed repeatedly that they want to keep Dak in Dallas for the long haul, but the sticky part of the situation remains the length of the contract, as there is a dispute on whether it will be a four-year deal or a five-year deal.
There hasn’t been much progress in talks since mid-spring for several reasons. Whether it be the signing of QB Andy Dalton, the passing of Prescott’s brother, or even just the sole fact that many things were left up in the air as soon as the coronavirus invaded the United States. Prescott has since been involved in the fight for social injustice, offering up half of his 2019 salary to promote equality.
Dallas and Dak are officially on the clock, now, as the young phenom has proven himself amongst other QBs that have already received large deals. Prescott is currently the seventh-highest paid quarterback in the NFL now that the tender is officially signed. He trails Russell Wilson ($35 million), Ben Roethlisberger ($34 million), Aaron Rodgers ($33.5 million), Jared Goff ($33.5 million), Kirk Cousins ($33 million) and Carson Wentz ($32 million).