Dak Prescott extension with Cowboys unlikely before deadline, sources say

Ross Houston
July 16, 2020

Genesco Sports CEO John Tatum breaks down how the new Oakley face shield will protect National Football League players from respiratory droplets and coronavirus contamination. The amount of guaranteed money is typically another point of contention in high-stakes negotiations such as this one, but to focus on such granular details is to miss the most logical reasons Prescott will play the 2020 season on his one-year, $31.4 million franchise tag.

But without a long-term deal in place, the future is certainly cloudy for Prescott, who could be franchised again for around $38 million in 2021. Contract talks broke down in the spring.

Dallas' final offer to Dak was set to pay the 2-time Pro Bowler between $33 and $35 million every year, with over $100 million guaranteed.

The NFL Network also reported that the two sides were working on a deal until the very last minute, but it was just too late. Prescott led the Cowboys to a playoff appearance in two of his first four seasons. The Cowboys can attempt to sign him to a long-term deal or re-apply the franchise tag for a second straight season.

Whether Prescott feels that way next offseason depends on how he performs in 2020. Since then, he's racked up 15,778 passing yards, 97 touchdown passes, and 36 interceptions. However, the Cowboys sputtered during the season, finishing with an 8-8 record and missing out on an NFC East title.

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