Prescott underwent a second ankle surgery in December but is expected to be ready for training camp in late July, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports. The second ankle surgery wasn't considered a setback. Instead, the procedure strengthened his right ankle following October surgery that repaired a compound fracture and dislocation. The 27-year-old quarterback remains on track for camp, but it's uncertain whether he'll be back with the Cowboys. Prescott will earn $37.6 million if he plays under the franchise tag for a second straight season, but he'd like the security of a long-term contract, specifically a four-year deal to allow for another contract while he's in his prime. The Cowboys still are an ideal situation for Prescott, as the team features an elite arsenal of offensive weapons, including Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb.
Prescott (ankle) is making impressive progress in his recovery and is expected to be in the Cowboys' plans for the 2021 season, Adam Maya of NFL.com reports. Prescott has been walking on an anti-gravity treadmill and in a pool, and the Cowboys believe he can come back at 100 percent in 2021. In turn, the Cowboys are actively working toward a long-term deal with Prescott after the quarterback played on the franchise tag in 2020. Owner Jerry Jones even said that Prescott has increased leverage now because of how well he played before suffering the devastating ankle injury in Week 5. Through the first four games, Prescott posted 1,690 passing yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions, adding 86 rushing yards and three scores. If Prescott truly comes back at full speed and is retained in Dallas, the team will immediately be ready to make a playoff push in 2021 with mainstays Ezekiel Elliott, Amari Cooper (lower leg), Michael Gallup and CeeDee Lamb in the fold.
Getting Prescott signed to a long-term deal is the Cowboys' top offseason priority, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones, Mike Fisher of Sports Illustrated reports. "(It's) certainly at the top" of the team's to-do list, Jones said Monday on 105.3 The Fan. With the Cowboys' season officially over after Sunday's loss to the Giants, negotiations on a long-term contract can resume at any time, and both Stephen and his father, owner/GM Jerry Jones, have repeatedly insisted Prescott is their quarterback of the future. That said, the QB played last season under the franchise tag because the two sides couldn't agree on the length of a new deal, as Prescott and his camp wanted one that made him a free agent a year sooner than what Dallas was offering. Prior to his season-ending ankle injury Week 5, the 27-year-old was only improving his bargaining position with an explosive start to the campaign that had him on pace for nearly 6,000 passing yards. Assuming Prescott is a Cowboy again in 2021, he should have all the key pieces of the offense back around him -- including offensive coordinator Kellen Moore, who received an extension of his own over the weekend -- and the only thing standing between Prescott and another huge statistical season might be improvement from a Dallas defense that was among the worst units in the NFL in 2020.
Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday that Prescott (ankle) is progressing ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair his fractured ankle, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Prescott isn't a candidate to return this season, but it's certainly good news to see that the 27-year-old's recovery is progressing quickly and without any setbacks. The Cowboys previously expressed optimism that Prescott, who began 2020 on a record-setting pace through five contests, will be able to participate in offseason workouts as early as late April. Jones also rejected the notion that the Cowboys could entertain drafting a quarterback in 2021 even if presented with a top-three pick, per Hill, saying, "Prescott is our quarterback and we are fired up about our future with him." Dallas will have the option of assigning a $37.7 million franchise tag to Prescott for 2021 if he and the team can't agree on a long-term deal.
The Cowboys placed Prescott (ankle) on injured reserve Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Prescott's spot on the 53-man roster will be taken up by Leighton Vander Esch (collarbone). The star quarterback is set to remain on IR to conclude the 2020 season due to the compound fracture and dislocation in his right ankle, but the Cowboys are hopeful he'll be ready to participate in offseason workouts as early as late April. Team owner Jerry Jones has suggested that he envisions Dallas retaining Prescott, though it remains to be seen whether a long-term deal will be negotiated. The Cowboys also will have the ability to assign the franchise tag on Prescott for a second consecutive year, but such a move would raise his salary to $37.7 million.
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