It’s been a busy offseason for Dallas Cowboys star Dak Prescott. The former Mississippi State student lost his elder brother earlier this year. In addition to that, Prescott and his agent were involved in lengthy contract negotiations with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Both parties failed to reach a suitable conclusion on the issue.
Dak will enter the 2020 season on a franchise tag and could be a free agent come 2021. However, the Cowboys’ starting quarterback is determined to make a mark in Dallas in the present instead of worrying about his future. He is adamant that he will be a Cowboys player come next year.
After putting to bed (at least for now) all the speculation surrounding his contract, Dak Prescott is now eager to prove himself over the course of the 2020 season.
“I’m not a guy that looks at my future, to be honest. I really don’t. I can’t look at tomorrow without taking care of today, and that’s just the way I’ve been my whole life,” Prescott told Dallas Morning News’ Michael Gehlken. Prescott will play the 2020 season on a $31.4 million franchise tag. He is eligible for negotiations on a long-term contract after the end of the 2020 regular season.
Jones has a reputation for being a strict negotiator with respect to long-term player contracts. Despite taking calculative risks and the uncertainty due to the COVID-19 crisis, Jones seems fairly certain that Prescott is going nowhere in the near future.
“The contract negotiations, I don’t even want to be glib or trite when I say that’s a part of professional sports, sitting down talking about the money, that’s a part of that. Dak is outstanding, he’s probably one of the top people that I’ve been around for his age and cumulative experience, he’s one of the top people I’ve been around as far as being aware and understanding.
“I’ve never heard or said anything that I didn’t think Dak had necessarily weighed or heard before. We think he’s outstanding, we think he’s our quarterback of the future, we just couldn’t get together at this particular time,” Jones told NFL Network.
Prescott will benefit from the arrival of highly-rated wide receiver CeeDee Lamb in the offseason. He will add to the already deadly pair of Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup in Dallas. Can Dak and the Cowboys make the playoffs in the coming months?