Cowboys executive Stephen Jones confident deal with Dak Prescott will get done
The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott were unable to reach an agreement on a long-term extension by the July 15 deadline, but neither side seems too worried about a deal eventually getting done.
On Thursday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones dismissed the importance of the deadline, especially considering Prescott’s potential to win in Dallas. “We had a great visit with him at the deadline. We pushed to try to have a few more changes…to see if we could get it done,” Jones said. “But he’s got such a great outlook on the Dallas Cowboys…he’s ready to go out and win a Super Bowl, which would only create more value for him, more value for the Cowboys.”
Jones was adamant on the franchise’s long-term commitment to Prescott. “We’re fired up about it and still have nothing but 100 percent belief in Dak and his future with the Cowboys…He’s special. As Jerry and I have said, we are 110 percent behind him, and ultimately feel like we’ll get this done,” Jones added.
The missed deadline means Prescott will play under the franchise tag in 2020 for $31.4 million. Despite the failure to strike an accord, the quarterback insisted he “couldn’t be happier” to be a Cowboy.
“We didn’t quite get it done,” Jones said. “I wouldn’t put blame on either side…when you’re talking about a deal as big as this is…we certainly want to get it done right.”
Jones admitted that length was a sticking point in negotiations. Dallas preferred a five-year extension, while Dak’s camp was looking for a four-year deal.
Jones also acknowledged that the importance and size of the deal could be unprecedented for the franchise, which inherently presents challenges—in addition to pandemic-related obstacles.
Dallas can stick the tag on Prescott in 2021, as well, for around $37.7 million.