Dak Prescott had a plan and still does, but the Dallas Cowboys aren't exactly feeling pressured by it at the moment, because of the . While the and continue to work out details on what will ultimately be the biggest contract in franchise history, Prescott was hit on March 16 that gives the team until July 15 to get a long-term deal done. The two-time Pro Bowl quarterback has not signed his tender, sources tell CBS Sports, and he made it clear early in the offseason .
His willingness to potentially hold out was to first be tested on April 6. NFL has banned players from being present in team facilities for any reason -- taking the added step recently of . That order is in place for at least two weeks, and even if it's lifted in early April, the fact all offseason programs have been indefinitely postponed still looms large when discussing any possible holdout situation.than usual due to the , or rather they were permitted, because the
Simply stated, if the Cowboys can't begin offseason conditioning, Prescott can't hold out of offseason conditioning.
What this does is remove the clock hovering above the collective head of the Cowboys front office, because they now have time to be patient and make sure the deal they inevitably get done with their franchise quarterback is one both sides are pleased with. With the, the along with the , they've and still have roughly $20 million in cap space (per Over The Cap) despite the tag on Prescott; evidence that supports them not having to rush for a deal on Prescott simply to afford themselves financial room to get new talent in the building.
The good news for both is there has been obvious compromise already achieved, with the Cowboys -- who were seeking the longest possible contract with Prescott -- scaling back their initial ask of five to seven years to only five, a separate source tells CBS Sports.
That is much more palatable for Prescott, who initially countered their exceedingly long offer with a not-so-playfully abbreviated one of his own, lobbing back one that ran as short as three years with a maximum ceiling of four; as CBS Sports reported on Feb. 11. The negotiation has come to a point wherein Prescott has presumably ditched his "soft" three-year ask that would give him, and is standing at four years while the Cowboys sit at five, hinting at a growing compromise that will result in the shaking of han-... er... um... bumping of elbows soon.
It's an agreement that can land at any moment, given how fluid the situation is and what details are being worked through -- which includes the guaranteed money but not so much average annual salary anymore, sources continue to confirm to CBS Sports -- but negotiations could now breeze right past April 6 due to the NFL's coronavirus policies and no one would notice. Eyeing that date to see if the team would call Prescott's bluff is now a moot point, because until an official offseason schedule is put in place, Prescott can't threaten a holdout.
Not when the entire NFL is in one itself.