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Dak Prescott extension with Cowboys unlikely before deadline, sources say - ESPN Staff

July 15 has been the hard deadline for the Cowboys to get a long-term deal done with Dak Prescott, and with under 24 hours to go, the word on the street doesn’t sound too promising.

Barring unforeseen momentum over the next 24 hours, the Cowboys anticipate Prescott playing on a $31.4 million franchise tag.

Sources told ESPN’s Todd Archer on Monday that no talks were scheduled before the deadline between the Cowboys and Prescott’s agent, Todd France.

Prescott signed the exclusive franchise tag tender on June 22, which guaranteed he would not miss any of training camp — whenever it will begin. Without a long-term deal by 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, Prescott will have to play the season on the tag and the sides can’t talk again about a long-term deal until January.

Mailbag: Why Is There A Franchise Tag Deadline? - Jonny Auping and David Helman, DallasCowboys.com

Contract negotiations can often become a real knock-down drag-out ordeal, sometimes lasting months on end. Dak Prescott’s case is one such instance, but the franchise tag deadline complicates things. Why does such a deadline even exist?

Jonny: There’s a similar deadline for extensions in the NBA, and I think part of the reasoning is that it creates an environment for more transparent and good faith negotiating. Writers like Dave and I know deadlines are when we get things done in our world, and agents would say the same thing about their world. I don’t think it would be productive for a team to keep saying, “Well, let’s just see how you play next week, and then maybe we’ll talk extension.”

David: Jonny makes an excellent point that it hardly sound healthy for each individual game to sway the state of negotiations. I think another reason for the deadline is to create a sense of urgency for a deal. The franchise tag is good for league parity, but it’s not exactly fair for players. It completely contradicts the capitalism that drives every other industry in this country. So in exchange for protecting their bottom line, I think the deadline spurs teams to reward the tagged player and give him the long-term security he wants. It doesn’t always work out that way, but that’s the idea.

These 4 teams should find a way to pay Dak Prescott if the Cowboys won’t - Joseph Birdsall, FanSided

No quarterback has ever played on the franchise tag and then ended up signing a long-term deal with their team, so history indicate that if Dak Prescott isn’t signed to a deal then he’ll be gone. But which teams would be realistic spots for him in that worst case scenario?

The Las Vegas Raiders might make the most sense out of all the teams on this list. The offense, while young, is immensely talented, led by running back Josh Jacobs and rookie wideouts Henry Ruggs III, Lynn Bowden Jr. and Bryan Edwards. The offensive line, headlined by tackle Trent Brown, is reliable.

Quarterback is the only true question mark on the offensive side of the ball, and head coach Jon Gruden has been noncommittal about Derek Carr’s future, per CBS Sports. While the Vikings and Bears both have severe cap limitations, the Raiders do not have the same problem.

In fact, Las Vegas is flush with cap space in the coming years, per Over the Cap. If Prescott hits free agency, general manager Mike Mayock could easily put together a deal that pays him over $35 million per year.

With so much young talent on both sides of the ball, Prescott could open a long playoff window for the Raiders. While being in direct competition with the defending champion Chiefs, new-look Broncos and talented Chargers is certainly a hang-up, Prescott is fully capable of elevating Las Vegas to playoff contention.

Sources: Cowboys want Randy Gregory involved with team while awaiting reinstatement - Todd Archer, ESPN

The Cowboys are still waiting to hear back on Randy Gregory’s application for reinstatement to the league, and in the meantime they’re hopeful that the suspended edge rusher can at least participate with the team in some capacity.

Gregory’s application for reinstatement has not been denied by the league, but he has not been cleared to return, either. He started the reinstatement process during the offseason.

Gregory is on an indefinite suspension for multiple violations of the league’s substance-abuse policy dating to his rookie year in 2015.

Under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, players can no longer be suspended for a positive test for marijuana, but because he was penalized under the old system he would still need to be welcomed back by commissioner Roger Goodell. A player can continue to be suspended for missing tests or not taking part in a care plan.

PFF says Dallas Cowboys have NFL’s top wide receiver unit - Steven Mullenax, The Landry Hat

The Cowboys upgraded their offense in a major way with the selection of CeeDee Lamb in the first round of the draft. They already had two incredibly good receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, and now they have the best receiving corps in the NFL according to Pro Football Focus.

Now, the football analytics website Pro Football Focus has ranked the Cowboys with having the NFL’s best wide receiver unit entering the 2020 NFL season. Here’s what PFF’s Steve Palazzolo wrote after ranking Dallas tops in the league.

“Dallas had one of the most efficient passing offenses in the league in 2019, and it started with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup becoming one of the NFL’s best receiving duos … Now throw first-round pick CeeDee Lamb into the mix … Dallas now has three legitimate receivers for defenses to contend with, and each of them can line up anywhere on the field.”

The excitement surrounding the trio of Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb is palpable. This is a receiving unit that could legitimately each post over 1,000 receiving yards this upcoming season. After all, with 29-year old Randall Cobb in the slot last year, the Cowboys were only 172 yards away from reaching that unique milestone in 2019.

Cowboys Uniforms Might Have a Fun Twist in 2020 Season - Mauricio Rodriguez, Inside the Star

The Cowboys’ uniforms are one of the more classic threads in all of sports, and for that reason they rarely change. But an Instagram post from new rookie Trevon Diggs has more or less confirmed a minor addition to the uniforms for this season.

The 2020 offseason has seen many NFL teams change uniforms. To be specific, seven teams will be rocking new looks when the season kicks off. Although the Cowboys will not be changing their uniforms, them wearing a patch will be a fun twist.

It would’ve been the perfect season to bring back the throwback uniforms, but the NFL rules still don’t allow teams to use multiple helmets. Earlier this year rumors emerged on the league getting rid of the rule in the next couple of years.

In the meantime, the Cowboys seemingly will be wearing a patch to celebrate the anniversary.

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