On Monday, the biggest story in the NFL revolved around Dak Prescott and his contract demands. Although the Dallas Cowboys offered him roughly $30 million per season, the dual-threat quarterback is reportedly seeking an annual salary of $40 million.
Prescott has proven to be a productive and reliable quarterback for the Cowboys in his first three season. However, the thought of the Cowboys paying that steep of a price seems unrealistic.
Well, it actually turns out that it’s possible that he’ll get the contract he’s searching for if he waits.
According to NFL insider Andrew Brant, the best way for Prescott to gain leverage in his negotiations is if he receives the franchise tag in 2020.
Franchise tags get more expensive each season if the team chooses to use it on the same player.
The Cowboys would be in a difficult spot in the event that they would place the franchise tag on Prescott. Management would have to work out a long-term deal he prefers to avoid having to tag him in back-to-back years.
Listen, Dak Prescott can get $40M per year…IF — and only if — he waits. He won't get it in 2019, will need at least one Franchise Tag placement to have leverage. We'll see.
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) August 12, 2019
In all likelihood, the Cowboys will try to find a deal that puts Prescott among the top five highest-paid quarterbacks in the league while also keeping flexibility down the road.
Dallas also has new deals to eventually discuss with Amari Cooper and Ezekiel Elliott.
With the season almost underway in the NFL, the Cowboys’ front office will have to keep an eye out on their cap situation heading into next offseason.