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Report: Not “a lot of optimism” for the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott to get a long-term deal done

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We are about 48 hours out.

Cowboys QB Dak Prescott playing carefree; Jerry Jones says he is worth top-tier money Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

We have reached one of the most important weeks of the offseason for the Dallas Cowboys, some would argue one of the most important weeks in a few years, as this Wednesday is officially the deadline that the team has to land a long-term contract with Dak Prescott.

Since being drafted by the Cowboys in 2016 we have seen Prescott quarterback this team to high highs, including a playoff victory in 2018, but there have also been multiple seasons in which the team did not make the playoffs. Some attribute the team’s lack of success to the franchise’s former head coach in Jason Garrett, but in the world of contract negotiations all factors are fair game.

It was reported over the weekend that the Cowboys are seemingly comfortable with Dak Prescott playing on the franchise tag (which he already signed) if it comes to that. We are going to hear a number of reports between now and then, and the latest goes along with that same thought.

There reportedly isn’t a lot of optimism that a deal gets done

Since the report about the Cowboys being comfortable with Prescott playing on the tag happened there have been reports from the Dallas Morning News and NFL Network that seem to indicate that a deal might not happen.

As we are approaching the eleventh hour there will be, as mentioned, a lot of public posturing for the next 48 or so hours. This is the Dallas Cowboys after all. There is a strategy to everything.

Dak Prescott did sign the franchise tag tender that was placed on him already, so he is under contract for the season. At the very least, the Cowboys have the most important position locked up for 2020.