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Dak Prescott Signs Franchise Tender

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback has officially signed his one-year franchise tender.

Prescott has had something of an up-and-down career in advanced statistics. He was first in passing DYAR last season, but 25th, 17th, and fourth the three years prior. He is also an outstanding runner, ranking sixth, 12th, first, and second in rushing DYAR in those seasons.

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22 comments, Last at 25 Jun 2020, 7:48pm

1 Good move by Prescott to…

Good move by Prescott to lock this in, especially given the uncertainty surrounding the season and the league's financial picture.

I will never understand why teams insist on playing chicken with young quality QBs. Washington did this with Kirk Cousins, and it cost them more in salary than they likely would have paid, plus they lost him for nothing. The Cowboys could probably sign Prescott to a 5-year deal with all the guaranteed money in the first three years and keep him around and happy. Or they could pay out the nose going year-by-year and eventually lose him. The only thing they gain by going year-to-year is the ability to dump him if he takes a significant downturn or gets injured, which isn't exactly a great message to send to your QB. And realistically, even if he takes a steep downturn in 2020 (if they play in 2020), they'd probably keep him around in 2021 just to see if he can rebound, so they're not even buying that much flexibility.

3 Agreed - given current…

Agreed - given current circumstances he needed to hedge his bets.

I don't (yet) think this is Cousins 2.0.  Jerry did cave to Zeke eventually, and I think he will with Dak as well even if it is just before the 2021 deadline for a tagged player to sign a new contract.

4 Yeah, the Redskins/Cousins…

Yeah, the Redskins/Cousins situation ended up turning pretty toxic at the end. The Cowboys have leaked unreasonable sounding demands in both the last two offseasons, but there's no indication that things are anywhere near Snyder/Bruce Allen-level.

That said - the Cowboys might still be putting themselves in a tricky spot. They apparently want Prescott to accept a contract with a lot of years, which they do with a lot of their players given the way they like to work the cap. But it sounds like Prescott wants a relatively shorter deal so that he can get close to free agency again relatively soon. It's always risky to accept playing on the tag, but if he's willing to take that on, a multiple-tag situation kind of plays into his negotiating stance.

10    I think you're right…


 I think you're right about that last because everything I have heard is the problem is not money but length.

But as stated previously, this year signing the tag is actually a risk reduction action for the player due to cap uncertainty.

2 Contract as percentage of Salary Cap

I know people have said tying a contract to a percentage of salary cap would be silly because it would give the QB too much money but with so much uncertainty is this the year it might finally happen?

7 QB salary tied to cap

But why would a team want to do this?

Let's say that the cap stays flat for 2021, whether that number is negotiated (to keep it from going down, but "repaying" it from future years), or whether the math makes it happen. If it does, tying the QB salary to the cap is a good thing for the team (but probably not the player). However, what happens if it can spike upward in 2022/2023 because of new TV money? Obviously the player gets a potentially larger raise than a regular contract might contain, so he is happy. But the team loses out on extra cap space that it could use toward someone else. [Say Prescott's salaries would be $20MM, then $22MM, then $24MM, then $26MM (other compensation in bonuses) starting in 2020. If it were tied to the cap, they might go $20MM, $20MM, then $26MM, then $30MM. Sure, it helps for 2021, but it hurts for 2022 and 2023. Let's be honest--teams like the Cowboys, who are always tight against the cap, need every extra cap dollar they can get.

5 Stuff that was filed under, …

Stuff that was filed under, "That'll never happen", is suddenly under consideration. Like the salary cap decreasing, which may happen if games are played this season without people in the stands. I have no idea what the cap implications are if the season is canceled. I think if Prescott gets franchised again next season, his number moves to 38 million, and I think Cooper's number jumps to 22 million, so even if the cap stays flat, you have 30% devoted to a qb and wr, which doesn't seem viable. All of these GMs, even the ones who don't suck down Johnny Blue like bottled water, must be going nuts from the uncertainty.

8 If there is no season, I…

If there is no season, I wonder what will be the salary implications. I don't think the CBA has any clause about pandemics. It may just be a complete hiatus with no revenue coming in or coming out.

Obviously, that is a nightmare scenario for everyone involved not just the NFL so naturally it seems impossible that the NFL season will cancel right?

Except...look at the case spikes with the relaxed lockdowns. Its shot up in all the major states. People keep pointing to the NBA and we will see, but remember - the nba had already played about 80% of its season and was fast tracking to the playoffs. 

And then there's this: the nfl teams and their staffs are so large and there are 32 of them. Under no circumstances short of ferrying everyone to a deserted island would this be containable. Sad as it is, I don't see an NFL season happening even with all there is to lose. 

18 I think that's optimistic in…

I think that's optimistic in itself.  I think the NFL will start a season, meaning training camp, etc.  But the way things are trending, it's hard for me to see it continuing past the pre-season.  I can see critical mass arriving fairly quickly once you start having contact on the field, and full locker room facilities off the field.

20 I don't look on it as…

I don't look on it as optimistic; there's a lot of money at stake, and the NFL isn't going to give up on it at the drop of a hat.  The NBA and NHL restarts will definitely prove instructive, both as to what could happen and how the NFL could  benefit from it. 

21 But the NBA has already…

But the NBA has already played the majority of the season and has comparatively far small numbers of people involved. And even then, I'm not convinced they will pull it off.


The NFL has 32 teams who will need to go through training camp and have huge swaths of people involved.