Dak Prescott will remain the Cowboys starting quarterback this season, and hopefully he doesn't have a holdout because of his contract situation heading into training camp. 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 will play under the Cowboys' franchise tag during the 2020 season after failing to reach a long-term extension with the team prior to Wednesday's deadline. Prescott is now slated to earn $31.4 million in 2020 after signing the franchise tender back in late June, per Todd Archer of ESPN.com The two sides won't be able to open up extension talks until after the coming season, and it's possible that Prescott could play under the franchise tag again in 2021. In any case, the 26-year-old -- who logged a career high 4,902 passing yards in 2019 -- will continue to helm a Dallas offense that also features a strong wideout nucleus featuring Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and first-round draft pick CeeDee Lamb, as well as a top-tier running back in Ezekiel Elliott.
The Cowboys extended a final offer for a long-term contract to Prescott on Tuesday, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports. Prescott and the Cowboys only have until the July 15 deadline this Wednesday to come to terms on a potential extension, otherwise the signal-caller will be locked into the $31.4 million franchise tag he signed last month. The deal on the table reportedly includes between $33-35 million annually with over $100 million in total guarantees, terms reminiscent of the offer Dallas was rumored to have made Prescott back in March. Slater notes that the Cowboys presented the current offer despite the fact that the team hasn't had any recent discussions with Prescott, a hint that the two sides still aren't close to agreeing to terms on a multi-year deal.
Prescott and the Cowboys aren't close to agreeing on a long-term deal ahead of the July 15 deadline, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports. Prescott signed his $31.4 million franchise tag last month, which obligates him to show up for the start of training camp even if a long-term deal isn't reached by the looming deadline. The Cowboys have reportedly attempted to negotiate a five-year contract with Prescott, while the soon-to-be 27-year-old signal-caller has pursued a shorter deal for four years which would allow him to hit free agency sooner. The two sides now have just a handful of days to come to terms on a multi-year agreement before the franchise tag gets locked in, though Watkins notes that the "situation could change."
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.
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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|
|7||10/25||@Washington Football Team||25||22.75|
|12||11/26||Washington Football Team||25||22.75|
|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|