Postponement of offseason program avoids showdown between Cowboys, Dak Prescott

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The Cowboys should have opened their offseason program on Monday. The indefinite postponement of the team’s offseason helped quarterback Dak Prescott delay a potential dilemma.

Dak, by all appearances had planned to not show up for the start of the offseason program without a long-term contract. That’s something franchise-tagged quarterbacks rarely do, in large part because quarterbacks rarely are franchise tagged.

It would have been a very aggressive move from Prescott, especially if the absence had lingered into the OTAs and minicamps. And it would have pressures the Cowboys to get something done, so that they would have their starting quarterback present as their new head coach gets the team up to speed.

That would have made things very real for both sides, but it could have sparked criticism of Dak. With the offseason program not starting, Dak didn’t have to draw a line in the sand and follow through on it. If there’s no offseason program this year, he won’t have to boycott any of the pre-preseason sessions.

And so the real deadline for Prescott and the Cowboys will continue to be July 15, the annual deadline for franchise-tagged players signing multi-year deals. If no deal is done by then, the Cowboys can’t sign Dak to a contract with a term of longer than one year until the 2020 season ends.

And if that happens, Dak and the Cowboys could do it all over again in 2021, with a 20-percent raise under the franchise tag and the looming possibility of Dak hitting the market in 2022, when he’d be entitled to a 44-percent raise if franchise-tagged again.

6 responses to “Postponement of offseason program avoids showdown between Cowboys, Dak Prescott

  1. Dak will get traded to the Viking for a Kirkland brand QB and a Vikings 1st rounder. Vikings will be willing to pay…

  2. At this point, just let him hit the open market so he can see that there is no better offer waiting for a mediocre QB that doesn’t thrive with talent around him and doesn’t elevate the play of his teammates

  3. The Cowboys can’t afford Dak. I wonder if there is a trade is a possibility, if someone is left without a QB in the draft/FA musical chairs.

    Miami could pay Dak. Cowboys could sign Newton.

  4. Cam Newton can go 8-8 with that team. Wait, you’d have 20 mil more in cap space, Add Clowney and trade a 4th for pick a back-up who could ALSO go 8-8. Maybe they go 11-7 with two legit Edge threats and a hopefully a positive coaching change.

    Prescott needs a wake-up call. Maybe Jerry WILL wake up. Bizarre.

  5. Dakota will get the money he extorts and then he’ll phone it in for years. All we need to do is to look at how well the Bearded Woman Beater did after he extorted the team for extra millions.

    Dakota is a serviceable QB that has demonstrated the more he throws, the worse the team plays. Oddly, he is only effective as a running back.

  6. Should have used non exclusive tag and let the market determine his value.Two 1st round daft picks is nothing to sneeze at.

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