For the past few months time has either stood still or flown by, and often we have lived in a strange vortex where it has actually even been both.
The last time that the Dallas Cowboys played a game was forever ago, the organization hiring Mike McCarthy is way in the rearview mirror, the team drafting CeeDee Lamb definitely feels like a bit ago, and the negotiations with Dak Prescott reached an end (not really) recently. Right?
It was about two weeks ago that the Cowboys were unable to land a long-term deal with their franchise quarterback which left him on a one-year deal thanks to the franchise tag. It is without question a risky situation, both for Dak and the team, and to this point we hadn’t exactly heard how the front office felt about it.
Stephen Jones believes a deal with Dak Prescott will ultimately get done
In an interview with the mothership, Stephen Jones noted that the Cowboys still strongly believe in Dak Prescott and that he is confident that a deal will ultimately get done. He noted that the team has responsibilities to work with the cap and what not, and he also acknowledged that Dak leading the Cowboys to success this season would only create value for him individually as far as future contract talks go.
“Well first of all, we made a lot of progress. And you’ve got to continue to make progress in terms of these type of negotiations. We’ve never had one quite like it. It’s certainly very interesting times when you look at what’s going on with, having to sit down with the union, and negotiate what goes on with the virus when the revenues aren’t where they should be. So we had some challenges that it wasn’t exactly normal times.”
“Certainly we’ve got nothing but respect for Dak and his representation in terms of what they’re trying to get out of a deal. They certainly want a shorter deal. Historically we have, as management, wanted longer deals because it’s more cap-friendly and we’re able to spread some things out and keep some players. Which, you know, at the end of the day, and Dak understands this, that’s what we’re trying to do here.”
“But had a great visit with him at the deadline. We pushed to try to have a few more changes here and there to see if we could get it done. But he’s got such a great outlook on the Dallas Cowboys, our football team, he’s ready to go out and win a Super Bowl which would only create more value for him, more value for the Cowboys. So we’re fired up about it and still have nothing but 100% belief in Dak and his future here with the Dallas Cowboys and that we can ultimately get a deal done.”
“He’s special. As Jerry and I have said we’re 110% behind him and ultimately feel like we’ll get this done.”
The last time that Stephen Jones appeared on camera talking about Dak Prescott’s contract was a situation that did not exactly go over well with some. The EVP referenced analytics as far as paying quarterbacks no more than a certain percentage of the salary cap, all the while being less than a year removed from paying big money to a running back.
Ultimately the reality here is that the Cowboys and Dak cannot negotiate a long-term deal no matter how much they want to until after the season is over. It is easy to say what the case may or may not have been in retrospect, what is most important is what happens when both sides meet in early 2021 to try to get this done.