Cowboys use exclusive franchise tag on Dak Prescott

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The Cowboys had hoped to work out a long-term contract with Dak Prescott before the tag deadline. They didn’t.

So the Cowboys were forced to use the franchise tag on the quarterback, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports. The team, unsurprisingly, chose the exclusive tag.

It marks the seventh time — on five players — the Cowboys have used the franchise tag. Three times — with Ken Hamlin in 2008, Dez Bryant in 2015 and DeMarcus Lawrence in 2019 — the Cowboys worked out long-term deals with the tagged players before training camp.

Dallas hopes to get a long-term deal completed before the July 15 deadline, but the sides have talked for more than a year without reaching an agreement.

The only quarterbacks who have played under the tag the entire season are Kirk Cousins in 2016 and 2017 in Washington and Drew Brees in 2005 in San Diego.

While the Cowboys continue to work on a deal for receiver Amari Cooper, the clock is ticking toward free agency. The receiver, whom the team acquired in a trade during the 2018 season, appears headed to the open market.

Cooper has expressed a desire to stay in Dallas, but he might find more money waiting for him elsewhere.

30 responses to “Cowboys use exclusive franchise tag on Dak Prescott

  1. Big fail on losing Cooper. Although they should be able to replace him in the draft, with one of the deepest WR classes in recent years.

  2. Nobody giving up two first round picks for Dak.

    Sure the tag gives them more time but they have had two years already, how much more time do they need?

  3. With the Cowboys using the franchise tag on Dak Prescott, this means Prescott will remain in a Cowboys uniform for the 2020 season, unless he is traded elsewhere, where he would then wear that team’s jersey.

  4. They should have used the non-exclusive tag. Let the market set Prescotts value. I cant see any teams willing to offer 2 firsts, and a record breaking contract for Prescott.

  5. Sit out the season, Dak! Cowboys got 4 good to great years out of you on the cheap and this is how they repay you?
    He should have had a new contract in year 3. Makes no sense. Goff and Wentz have now had 2 mega contracts and Dak, none. Goff chokes under pressure and Wentz can’t stay on the field. And Dak battles suspect play calling and a receiver who only plays home games. No respect.

  6. nite2al says:
    March 16, 2020 at 11:00 am
    Sit out the season, Dak! Cowboys got 4 good to great years out of you on the cheap and this is how they repay you?
    He should have had a new contract in year 3. Makes no sense. Goff and Wentz have now had 2 mega contracts and Dak, none. Goff chokes under pressure and Wentz can’t stay on the field. And Dak battles suspect play calling and a receiver who only plays home games. No respect.
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    They offered him 33 million per year with like 105 mill guaranteed… yeah, that’s a real slap in the face.

  7. I would have tried to trade him for 2 first round picks. Turning a 4 into 2 ones is a big deal. This team doesnt seem to understand what draft equity is. I would also attempt to trade D-Law for a 1st and a 2 or 3… I would start a long term play to try and build draft capital to go get Trevor Lawrence next year

  8. nite2al says:
    March 16, 2020 at 11:00 am
    Sit out the season, Dak! Cowboys got 4 good to great years out of you on the cheap and this is how they repay you?
    He should have had a new contract in year 3. Makes no sense. Goff and Wentz have now had 2 mega contracts and Dak, none. Goff chokes under pressure and Wentz can’t stay on the field. And Dak battles suspect play calling and a receiver who only plays home games. No respect.

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    Goff took his team to a SB. Dak is 1-2 in the postseason.

  9. The kid wants a record breaking contract, but can’t make the playoffs in the NFL worst division.

  10. Dumb. Nobody would have been willing to give up two first-round picks for him. None. And if anyone was willing they should have gladly accepted the two first-rounders and let him go. He’s not a $30M+ QB. Placing the exclusive tag on him was just dumb. By now it’s obvious he’s not the kind of QB that can take the team on his back and win. They have won because they built the best OL in all of football and one of the best RBs in the league. Even with all of that he still couldn’t win. Mark it down–for as long as Dak is with the Cowboys they can look forward to being 8-8 and losing in the first round of the playoffs–if they even make it to the playoffs.

    Go ahead, give him a $200M contract Jerruh. After all, you’re smarter than everyone else right?

  11. Brady, Brees, Wilson, Rodgers, Roethlisberger…arguably the best 5 qbs of the past 10 years…0 franchise tags used on any of them.

    Or we could look at how it worked out for Washington, tagging Cousins. Or how Cousins went on to lose big games for his next team too.

    Either way, things are not looking good in Dallas, couldn’t be happening to a more deserving team

  12. Absolutely should have used the non-exclusive tag. Let him go out and see what his value is. I think that he would have found that 33 million average is pretty darn good. In Texas with no state Income tax.

  13. Dak you should have taken the offer! Either you or your agent is a true butt head!

  14. aj66shanghai says:
    March 16, 2020 at 12:38 pm
    Brady, Brees, Wilson, Rodgers, Roethlisberger…arguably the best 5 qbs of the past 10 years…0 franchise tags used on any of them.

    Wrong – Brees played under a tag.

  15. The balls it takes to turn down $33 million a year when you haven’t done squat yet is remarkable.

  16. The Cowboys with the IDIOT GM Jerry Jones leading the way will never make it back to the Super Bowl. Should have used the non-exclusive tag, this isn’t rocket science.

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