The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott have taken a substantial step toward getting a longterm contract done.
ESPN NFL insider Todd Archer reported this evening that Prescott's agent, Todd France, met with the Cowboys' front office at the NFL Combine. This was the first meeting between France and the Cowboys' front office since September.
The two sides are likely still somewhat far apart on getting a deal done, but this is a significant step in the process. Both sides appear to be very interested in getting a longterm contract worked out.
"The meeting did not last long but the Cowboys hope to get a long-term deal finished before needing to use the franchise tag on Prescott," Archer tweeted.
Prescott, who is coming off his rookie contract, is likely seeking a contract worth $35 million-plus annually. He wants to be one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL.
That might seem like a lot for Prescott, but that's how quarterback contracts work. Both Rams quarterback Jared Goff and Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz got mega-deals and Prescott rightfully wants one, too.
If the Cowboys are not able to come to terms on a new contract with Prescott, he will probably be hit with the one-year Franchise Tag.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy spoke highly of Prescott at the NFL Combine today.
"It's exactly where we want to be with Dak. What he's done to this point speaks to itself. Really, Dak is in a business situation right now -- I've gone through this as a coach with a number of my players in the past. I think like anything, it's just time to be patient and let the business people work out the business matter. And that's really where we are as an organization. And that's where Dak is in his personal fight to get a contract done," he said.