Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott topped Bleacher Report’s listing of impending 2021 NFL free brokers who should be re-signed by their unique groups.
The digital media large argued that beneath no circumstance ought to the Cowboys repeat their grave mistake with the two-time Professional Bowl passer, a lame duck past this season.
By way of columnist Chris Roling:
The Cowboys have imploded with out Prescott to maintain issues afloat. Dallas is 2-7, permits a league-worst 32.2 factors per recreation and may’t even compete in an NFC East the place the first-place group is 3-5-1.
Jerry Jones and Co. had been fortunate sufficient to again right into a franchise passer within the fourth spherical of the 2016 draft. Prescott is a profession 66.zero % passer with 106 touchdowns and 40 interceptions with a 42-27 report; playing on discovering that type of late-round success once more could be silly.
Dallas doubtless gained’t need to pay up on the cash escalation of a second franchise tag, nor does it have a lot leverage after how issues have unfolded this 12 months. Prescott goes to receives a commission large, and the Cowboys could be clever to ensure it’s them who write the examine.
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Choices On the Desk
By league rule, the Cowboys and Prescott can not resume long-term negotiations till the offseason. However there are solely 3 ways this factor can go: the edges comply with a multi-year deal, Dallas once more makes use of the franchise tag, or, much less doubtless, Prescott is allowed to buy his wares on the open market.
The tag would price a fully-guaranteed $37.7 million for the 2021 season, up from $31.four million in 2020. A four- or five-year association would examine in close to (if not exceeding) $40 million yearly, with greater than $110 million in ensures — be it from Dallas or one other group.
However the information right here is that there isn’t any information. COO Stephen Jones not too long ago acknowledged the Cowboys have “not had any conversations with Dak Prescott since his harm,” referencing his proper ankle compound fracture and dislocation sustained Oct. 11.
“The one interplay the entrance workplace has had with Dak has been to ask how he’s doing,” beat author Brianna Dix reported final week.
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Cowboys Dispense Replace on Dak ‘Full Restoration’ Course of
Jones, in the meantime, continues to talk in glowing phrases about Prescott’s restoration from his grisly harm, affirming the 27-year-old is “forward of schedule and rolling,” freed from post-surgical problems.
“I haven’t run into Dak within the final couple of weeks. What I do is get these superb experiences on how he’s doing. It shouldn’t come as any shock. He does every part to the 9s and the 10s, he simply does it the easiest. He’s been so diligent in his rehab, and that shouldn’t shock anyone,” Jones stated Friday on 105.Three The Fan. “They stated (the group’s medical employees), if something, he’s forward of schedule and rolling. We anticipate him to have a full restoration. He prevented any of the problems that come anytime you might have a bone that breaks the pores and skin. You are concerned about infections and he actually prevented any of that. We’re simply lucky to have a man like Dak. It’s been robust not having him on the market as a result of his management is true on the high along with his talent, and what he brings to the desk as a quarterback within the NFL.”
A best-case final result means Prescott is healed by February, earlier than his scheduled foray into unrestricted free company. Even in a six-month state of affairs, nonetheless, he’d doubtless nonetheless take part absolutely within the Cowboys’ offseason program, which begins in April.
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