The Wednesday franchise tag deadline is just about here. Dak Prescott is the biggest name to watch for players facing the tag deadline. The Cowboys franchise quarterback has crushed any pre-draft notions that contributed to his fall to the fourth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Prescott has emerged as a top-10 quarterback and is only trending upwards after a stellar individual 2019 season.
Yet, Prescott and the Cowboys have yet to come to terms on a deal. The 26-year-old signal-caller and his team have reportedly asked for a four-year deal so that Prescott can hit free agency again while still in his prime, while Dallas is reportedly seeking to sign their quarterback to a longer-term extension. Whether either side folds between now and Wednesday remains to be seen.
As we continue to wait for an answer one way or another, The Athletic’s Ben Standig recorded a survey that consisted feedback from 30 NFL agents. The topics included free agent deals, which team had the worst offseason, and future GMs to watch.
Regarding the topic of what was the most interesting or surprising contract signed in free agency, many agents pointed towards Jameis Winston signing a one-year deal with the Saints to backup Drew Brees or how Jadeveon Clowney still remains unsigned. Others, however, are confused on how the Cowboys have failed to lock up their franchise signal-caller.
The Cowboys and Prescott being unable to finalize a long-term contract (2 votes)
“I don’t love the franchise tag, but I would love to be Dak Prescott. I think he’s in the best situation of anyone.”
“Not getting a long-term deal done with Dak Prescott. Big miss for Dallas.”
While one agent believes Prescott is “in the best situation of anyone” right now, another says that it would be a “big miss for Dallas” if the Jones family cannot come to terms with Prescott’s team on an extension.
Franchise quarterbacks do not grow on trees, as we all know. The Cowboys hit the lottery by finding a gem in Tony Romo as an undrafted free agent before watching Prescott fall to them at pick 135 in the draft. But, between Troy Aikman and Romo, there was a ton of mediocrity at the position for America’s Team.
Both Romo and Prescott, obviously, outplayed their initial value. Romo was among the best at his position during his prime while making incredible play after incredible play, while Dak has emerged as an ascending quarterback that some around the NFL consider as a top-5 QB. Now, it is Prescott’s turn to cash-in.
Elsewhere in the survey, one agent considered Jerry and Stephen Jones to be among the general managers or front office leaders that you trust the least. It is worth nothing, though, that Bill Belichick actually received the most answers to that particular question with four. Eagles GM Howie Roseman received a pair of votes himself.
Jones: “Such an interesting dynamic with Jerry. They can battle, so the question is, can (Stephen) deliver what he promises?”
The cliché saying, especially surrounding the Cowboys, is that “deadlines make deals”. Well, the deadline is coming fast, so we will see if the two sides are able to make a deal, or if we will continue speculating on this topic for another year.