Cowboys and Dak Prescott crossed ‘hurtful point’ in contract talks
Negotiations between the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott are still at a standstill. New information reveals that the quarterback and his camp crossed a “hurtful point” in the negotiations after Prescott demanded more money after his hot 2019 start.
Per 105.3 The Fan, Yahoo Sports reporter Charles Robinson revealed that Prescott wanted a heftier deal after his impressive opening streak in 2019. In the first three games of the season, Prescott threw nine touchdowns, just two interceptions, and led the team to a 3-0 start. Prescott representation wanted more money on the table — something that the Cowboys did not like very much.
“I really don’t think they are that far apart. They are just so stubbornly dug in because of how this negotiation has gone at points,” Robinson said Wednesday on Shan and RJ on 105.3 The Fan. “The Cowboys could not have felt more burned than they did when they went back to Dak’s camp last September (and) the number went up. And that really was a hurtful point. I think they were not only upset at Dak’s representation, I think they were a little upset at Dak. It’s business, you know. You’d be kidding yourself to sit there and think they were never mad at Zeke (Ezekiel Elliot) during that negotiation. It’s germane to the process.”
Prescott and the Cowboys have until July 15 to reach an agreement. If they don’t then the two-time ProBowler will play under the franchise tag if and only if he signs it. If he signs it, then he’ll play out the 2020 season with the Cowboys and in the next offseason, another round of talks could ensue.
Robinson recalled Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, who signed two franchise tags. He eventually inked a lucrative three-year, $84 million contract.
“But, I’ll tell you this. I think if he doesn’t get the deal done by July 15th, it’s Kirk Cousins all the way. This is an ‘I’m going to go to market or I’m going to make you exhaust the tags and absolute maximize my leverage over you.’”
Will Prescott have a similar fate as Cousins? Or are the wounds between the team and Prescott too deep to reach a beneficial agreement?