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Cowboys likely to use franchise tag on Dak Prescott

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The Dallas Cowboys are likely to use their franchise tag on Dak Prescott. As Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Super Bowl Sunday, the Cowboys and Prescott have reached an impasse on contract talks. This roadblock will likely lead to Dallas slapping the franchise tag on Prescott to retain him.

Schefter details in the report that both sides want to reach a long-term contract extension as Prescott enters unrestricted free agency.

“With no long-term contract in sight, the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott are heading straight toward a situation in which the team will have to use its franchise tag on the star quarterback, league sources told ESPN.

At this point, the franchise tag looks inevitable, according to sources, although neither side wants the tag to come into play. Dallas strongly prefers a long-term agreement, and will continue to push to sign Prescott to an extension in the coming weeks. Prescott, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next month, also wants a long-term deal.”

Prescott had previously indicated that he was confident that both sides would get a deal done during the offseason. He stated that money wasn’t the only thing he was looking for in his new contract.

Both sides have been negotiating a new deal since prior to the start of the 2019 season. While Prescott got off to a hot start, the Cowboys ended the season at 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Although Prescott appeared to struggle against contending teams in big games, he still finished with career-highs with 4,902 passing yards and 30 touchdown passes.