Skip to main content

Cowboys Insider Has Latest On Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper Contracts

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott walking off the field after a game. The potential Dak Prescott contract is a major offseason storyline.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Quarterback Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys walks off the field after losing the NFC Divisional Round playoff game to the Los Angeles Rams at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on January 12, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The NFL and the NFLPA are in the midst of a collective bargaining agreement battle. Before the new league year kicks in on March 18, the league and its players are reportedly hoping to reach a new deal.

NFL owners passed the new proposed CBA on Thursday, which means it's time for the team's player representatives to vote. If the CBA passes the player reps, the players themselves will vote on the deal as well.

Despite the owners quickly passing the proposed legislation, it's unclear how the players will vote. Many players, including Houston Texans star J.J. Watt came out against the proposed CBA, making it clear they want a bigger slice of the pie.

One team in particularly might be rooting for the CBA to fail. According to a report from the Dallas Morning News, the Cowboys could take advantage of the proposed CBA failing to pass before the new league year kicks in.

Here's how, from the report:

Should the NFL Players Association ratify the document, the landscape surrounding the Cowboys’ negotiations with quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper will alter significantly...

As a last resort to retain a player with an expiring contract, teams can block or impede a player from reaching the open market by exercising the franchise or transition tag. Generally, a club cannot use both tags during the same league year. The only exception is when the 10-year CBA agreement is in its final season.

The exception applies in 2020 - if the new CBA doesn't pass.

That means the Cowboys would not have to give long-term contracts to both players in order to keep them on the roster - at least not before the 2020 season.

Will the Cowboys finally lock up their franchise quarterback?