Dak Prescott will remain the Cowboys starting quarterback this season, and hopefully he doesn't have a holdout because of his contract heading into training camp. At the time of publication, Prescott did not have a long-term deal done in Dallas, but he did have the franchise tag placed on him. As long as he reports on time and is ready to play for Week 1 - new contract or not - he should be considered a standout Fantasy quarterback again this year. Prescott was excellent in 2019, and he scored at least 25 Fantasy points in nine games. He averaged 23.9 Fantasy points per game for the season, and he gets his top three weapons back in Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and Ezekiel Elliott, along with the addition of standout rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb. Jason Witten is gone, as is center Travis Frederick, but Blake Jarwin could emerge as a valuable weapon in the passing game. Prescott has top-five potential at quarterback in all leagues, and he's worth drafting with an early-round selection. Once Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson come off the board, Prescott will be in the mix of Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson to be selected next on Draft Day.
Prescott signed his franchise tag from the Cowboys on Monday, David Helman of the team's official site reports. The Cowboys extended the exclusive version of the tag, which gave Prescott no chance to talk with other organizations as a bargaining tool. With that figure at $31.4 million for the 2020 season, his representatives have until July 15 to reach agreement on a contract extension, but those talks have stalled as the Cowboys are aiming to lock Prescott into a five-year deal, while the quarterback is seeking four more years. In any case, Prescott now is obligated to report for the start of training camp.
Prescott intends to sign his $31.4 million franchise tender with the Cowboys by Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The two sides still have until July 15 to agree to an extension, but signing the tender means Prescott will be contractually obligated to report for the start of training camp, ending any potential of a holdout. The 26-year-old has been in communication with new coach Mike McCarthy despite not participating in the team's offseason program, but due to the offseason restrictions from COVID-19, he hasn't missed any on-field activities.
Prescott has been in contact with new Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy even though he has yet to sign his franchise tag offer or agree to a contract extension, Jonny Auping of DallasCowboys.com reports. "There has been communication," McCarthy confirmed. "This is the way these business situations go sometimes and [I] respect that. I have confidence that it will work out." Under normal circumstances, Prescott being in contract limbo would have prevented him from participating in on-field activities with his teammates, but at the moment all he's missing are some virtual meetings. The fact that he's stayed in touch with McCarthy suggests the quarterback won't be behind in understanding any new wrinkles being added to the offensive scheme once in-person team activities are allowed to ramp up. Prescott and the Cowboys have until July 15 to work out an extension, a move that would free up additional cap space for the team -- otherwise he'll play out the 2020 season under the franchise tag at a salary of $31.4 million.
The Cowboys' latest contract offer to Prescott would reportedly make him the highest-paid player in the NFL, but the two sides have so far been unable to agree on the length of the deal, per Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram. The parameters currently being discussed would match the $35 million a season Russell Wilson is making. However, while the Cowboys want the contract to run for at least five years to give them more roster stability and spread out the salary cap hit, Prescott's camp is asking for a four-year deal, presumably on the assumption the market for his services is only going to become more favorable. With a July 15 deadline to get the QB under contract inching closer, expect the impasse to be broken sooner or later, although Jerry Jones has made a career out of waiting until the last minute to really ramp up negotiations. Until an agreement is reached, though, Prescott is choosing not to participate in the team's virtual offseason program.
Prescott's franchise tag number has been recalculated to $31.4 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Reports on the value of the tag have been all over the place, and we finally get an official number now that the signing period for restricted free agents has ended. The Cowboys would've been looking at a smaller salary if they'd used the non-exclusive option instead of the exclusive tag, but that would've allowed Prescott to sign an offer sheet with another team, whereas the exclusive tag is exactly what it sounds like. The two sides have until July 15 to reach agreement on a long-term contract, with recent reports suggesting progress has been made.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/14||@Los Angeles Rams||11||17.13|
|5||10/11||New York Giants||29||23.88|
|15||12/21||San Francisco 49ers||15||18.00|
|17||01/03||@New York Giants||29||23.88|
|3 Year Avg||65.4||4037||25||11||313||5||344|