Jerry Jones will be a busy man this offseason, as he tries to negotiate deals with Amari Cooper and Dak Prescott. Both players are scheduled to hit the open market this March.
Prescott has played the past four seasons on a rookie contract. It’s safe to say he’s been the biggest bargain in the entire league. Last season, he rejected an offer that would reportedly pay him $33 million per year.
With free agency only three weeks away, the clock is ticking for Jones to come to an agreement with Prescott. That being said, it doesn’t sound like the Cowboys will have to worry about losing their dual-threat quarterback this offseason.
Jones revealed that Dallas’ plan is to use the franchise tag on Prescott if the two sides can’t agree on a new contract before March 12. This would prevent Prescott from hitting the open market, and in the process it would also give the front office additional time to negotiate an extension.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on CBA, if approved: “It removes a very strategic thing for us. That is, we lose the transition (tag). Strategically, that was really thought of a lot” for Amari Cooper. Cowboys plan to franchise QB Dak Prescott if no long-term deal reached by March 12.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) February 27, 2020
Another factor in all this is whether or not the league’s new CBA proposal gets approved.
If the CBA is approved in the coming weeks, the Cowboys would not be able to use the transition tag on Cooper.
Jones has hinted at the team using both tags this offseason in order to keep his top free agents in town.
Make no mistake, the pressure is on Jones to make sure the Cowboys have a championship-caliber roster heading into the 2020 season.