|ADP:||Round: 5, Pick: 7|
|Ht / Wt:||6'2" / 226 lb.|
|Born:||July 29, 1993|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 4 (135)|
Prescott will play this coming season under the Cowboys' franchise tag.
Analysis: With the QB and the Cowboys unable to reach an agreement on a long-term extension by Wednesday's deadline, Prescott is now slated to earn $31.4 million in 2020 under the team's exclusive franchise tag, per ESPN's Todd Archer. The two sides won't be able to open up multi-year contract talks until after the coming season and it's possible that Prescott could be franchised again in 2021. In any case, the 26-year-old -- who logged a career high 4,902 passing yards in 2019 -- will continue to helm a Dallas offense that also features a strong wideout nucleus featuring Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and first-round draft pick CeeDee Lamb, as well as a top-tier running back in Ezekiel Elliott.
The Cowboys extended a final offer for a long-term contract to Prescott on Tuesday, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Prescott and the Cowboys only have until the July 15 deadline this Wednesday to come to terms on a potential extension, otherwise the signal-caller will be locked in to the $31.4 million franchise tag he signed last month. The deal on the table reportedly includes between $33-35 million annually with over $100 million in total guarantees, terms reminiscent of the offer Dallas was rumored to have made Prescott back in March. Slater notes that the Cowboys presented the current offer despite the fact that the team hasn't had any recent discussions with Prescott, a hint that the two sides still aren't close to agreeing to terms on a multi-year deal.
Prescott and the Cowboys aren't close agreeing on a long-term deal ahead of the July 15 deadline, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Prescott signed his $31.4 million franchise tag last month, which obligates him to show up for the start of training camp even if a long-term deal isn't reached by the looming July 15 deadline. The Cowboys have reportedly attempted to negotiate a five-year contract with Prescott, while the soon-to-be 27-year-old signal-caller has pursued a deal with an additional four years added on. The two sides now have just a handful of days to come to terms a multi-year agreement before the franchise tag gets locked in, though Watkins notes that the "situation could change."
Prescott signed his franchise tag from the Cowboys on Monday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
Analysis: The Cowboys extended the exclusive version of the tag, which gave Prescott no chance to talk with other organizations as a bargaining tool. Worth $31.4 million for the 2020 season, his representatives have until July 15 to reach agreement on a contract extension, but those talks have stalled as the Cowboys are aiming to lock Prescott in to a five-year deal while the quarterback is seeking four more years. In any case, Prescott now is obligated to report for the start of training camp.
Prescott intends to sign his $31.4 million franchise tender with the Cowboys by Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The two sides still have until July 15 to agreed to an extension, but signing the tender means Prescott will be contractually obligated to report for the start of training camp. The 26-year-old has been in communication with new coach Mike McCarthy despite not participating in the team's offseason program, but due to the offseason restrictions from COVID-19, he hasn't missed any on-field activities.
Prescott has been in contact with new Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy even though he has yet to sign his franchise tag offer or agree to a contract extension, Jonny Auping of DallasCowboys.com reports. "There has been communication," McCarthy confirmed. "This is the way these business situations go sometimes and [I] respect that. I have confidence that it will work out."
Analysis: Under normal circumstances, Prescott being in contract limbo would have prevented him from participating in on-field activities with his teammates, but at the moment all he's missing are some virtual meetings. The fact that he's stayed in touch with McCarthy suggests the quarterback won't be behind in understanding any new wrinkles being added to the offensive scheme once in-person team activities are allowed to ramp up. Prescott and the Cowboys have until July 15 to work out an extension, a move that would free up additional cap space for the team, otherwise he'll play out the 2020 season under the franchise tag at a salary of $31.4 million.
The Cowboys' latest contract offer to Prescott would reportedly make him the highest-paid player in the NFL, but the two sides have so far been unable to agree on the length of the deal, per Clarence Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram.
Analysis: The parameters currently being discussed would match the $35 million a season Russell Wilson is making, but while the Cowboys want the contract to run for at least five years to give them more roster stability and spread out the salary cap hit, Prescott's camp is asking for a four-year deal, presumably on the assumption that the market for his services is only going to become more favorable. With a July 15 deadline to get the QB under contract inching closer, expect the impasse to be broken sooner or later, although Jerry Jones has made a career out of waiting until the last minute to really ramp up negotiations. Until an agreement is reached, though, Prescott is choosing not to participate in the team's virtual offseason program.
Prescott's franchise tag number has been recalculated to $31.4 million, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Reports on the value of the tag have been all over the place, and we finally get an official number now that the signing period for restricted free agents has ended. The Cowboys would've been looking at a smaller salary if they'd used the non-exclusive option instead of the exclusive tag, but that would've allowed Prescott to sign an offer sheet with another team, whereas the exclusive tag is exactly what it sounds like. The two sides have until July 15 to reach agreement on a long-term contract, with recent reports suggesting progress has been made.
Prescott is making progress in contract discussions with the Cowboys, but it isn't clear if he'll participate in the voluntary, virtual offseason program, David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: The Cowboys franchise-tagged Prescott in mid-March and reportedly resumed long-term contract negotiations in late March. The two sides still have plenty of time to reach an agreement before the July 15 deadline, and there might be a bit less pressure now that spring practices aren't part of the equation. The Cowboys do have a new head coach in Mike McCarthy, but offensive coordinator Kellen Moore is a holdover from 2019 and figures to retain the core elements of his scheme.
Prescott and the Cowboys have resumed contract negotiations, ESPN.com's Ed Werder reports.
Analysis: The Dallas front office shifted its focus to free agency after using the franchise tag on Prescott in mid-March. The team can now turn its attention back to the young quarterback, who reportedly wants a four-year contract. The Cowboys are hoping for a five-year deal, with July 15 representing the negotiation deadline before Prescott is forced to play under the tag in 2020.
The Cowboys have placed the franchise tag on Prescott, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: With no agreement on a long-term contract, the Cowboys had little choice but to use the tag on Prescott, who now has until mid-July to sign a multi-year deal. Meanwhile, wide receiver Amari Cooper will be able to field offers from other teams, as the recent completion of a new CBA means the Cowboys only have one tag to use this offseason.
Prescott was allegedly offered a contract extension which includes $105 million in guaranteed money, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: The report also indicates Prescott would receive an average of $33 million per year, a number that exceeds Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in both total money and guaranteed. It seems unlikely the Cowboys would have truly offered those types of figures to their fourth-year quarterback considering a number of other soon-to-be free agents also figure to be in the franchises' plans, but this is now the second reported instance this offseason the Cowboys have reportedly met with Prescott's representation in regards to a new contract.
Speaking on Prescott's upcoming free agency, executive vice president Stephen Jones told KTCK Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket that the Cowboys "got to land the plane" and finish a long-term deal with the quarterback.
Analysis: Along with Ezekiel Elliott's holdout, Prescott's contract situation dominated the headlines for the Cowboys last offseason and into the preseason. While the running back received a much-anticipated extension before the campaign, Prescott did not, playing out the string on his rookie deal. He set career highs along the way, namely 4,902 yards through the air and 30 touchdowns, and did so while gutting out an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder over the final three games. Prescott has only missed a handful of snaps in his four-year career, which combined with his breakout as a passer should result in a hefty raise this offseason. Whether that translates to a multi-year contract or playing on the franchise tag remains to be seen.
Prescott completed 23 of 33 passes for 303 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 47-16 win over Washington.
Analysis: Early in the game is appeared as though Prescott's sore shoulder was limiting his ability to attack downfield, but once he got loose he took the Washington secondary to the woodshed, finding Michael Gallup for three second-half TDs. Despite the QB's efforts, Dallas missed the playoffs, but he earned himself significantly more money in free agency -- assuming he doesn't get saddled with the franchise tag -- by finishing the season having completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 4,902 yards, a 30:11 TD:INT and 8.2 YPA. It seems highly unlikely that he'll be in another uniform in 2020, but whether Prescott is able to repeat his breakout performance could depend on the changes Dallas is expected to make to its coaching staff.
Prescott (shoulder) was a limited participant in Friday's practice but won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Redskins.
Analysis: Per Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Prescott didn't throw Friday, but he apparently fit in enough work behind the scenes to upgrade to limited participation after registering "DNPs" on the Cowboys' first practice reports of Week 17. Based on the fact that Prescott isn't even listed as questionable for the regular-season finale, the Cowboys are apparently content to let the quarterback play through the sprained AC joint in his throwing shoulder with a potential playoff berth on the line. The Cowboys need a win and an Eagles loss to the Giants to take home the NFC title, so expect Prescott to remain on the field Sunday until the outcome of either game is decided. In addition to being impacted by the shoulder injury, Prescott could make to make do without star left tackle Tyron Smith (back), who is questionable after failing to practice Wednesday through Friday.
Prescott (shoulder) didn't throw any passes during the media-access portion of Friday's practice, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Prescott did go through some individual drills, so he'll presumably be listed as a limited participant. It's similar to the plan he followed last week prior to suiting up for a 17-9 loss to the Eagles. Prescott presumably intends to play through the AC joint sprain for another week, as the Cowboys can still reach the playoffs if they beat Washington and the Eagles lose to the Giants.
According to head coach Jason Garrett, Prescott (shoulder) "won't practice much if he practices at all" Friday, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Analysis: Garrett said the same thing Thursday and Prescott was ultimately held out of practice, so it remains to be seen exactly how much he will do at the Cowboys' final session of the week. Even if Prescott misses Friday's practice entirely, he should still have a chance to play in Sunday's must-win matchup with Washington.
Prescott (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant in Thursday's practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Coach Jason Garrett suggested prior to the session that Prescott would be a limited participant, but whatever activity the quarterback was able to complete apparently wasn't enough for him to avoid a "DNP" listing on the injury report for a second straight day. Per Todd Archer of ESPN.com, Prescott wasn't seen throwing during the open portion of Thursday's practice and was instead taking part in individual drills, leaving Cooper Rush to direct the first-team offense. According to Jane Slater of NFL Network, Prescott is hopeful to resume throwing Friday, though he intimated that a pain-killing injection and/or hot and cold therapy may be necessary for him to play through the sprained AC joint in his right shoulder Sunday against the Redskins. At this point, Prescott seems likely to carry a questionable designation into the Week 17 matchup, though the Cowboys seem to be proceeding with the belief that he'll be able to suit up.
Coach Jason Garrett said that Prescott (shoulder) is progressing but will be limited in practice Thursday, if the quarterback "does anything at all," Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Prescott went down as a non-participant on Wednesday's report, but since the Cowboys' Christmas Day practice was just a walk-through session, his listing on Thursday's report will provide a better representation of his status heading into Sunday's game against the Redskins. Based on Garrett's comments, Prescott looks set to follow the same practice regimen he followed last week, so there's still a decent chance he enters the regular-season finale without an injury designation. Cooper Rush will lead the first-team offense Thursday and would start this weekend in the event Prescott's condition unexpectedly takes a turn for the worse.
Prescott (shoulder) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's walk-through practice, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Analysis: Prescott battled an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder heading into last Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Eagles, finishing the day with just 25 completions for 265 yards on 44 attempts. While Prescott didn't experience any reported setbacks coming out of the contest, the Cowboys are likely to manage his reps carefully during their final three regular-season practices, with coach Jason Garrett saying Wednesday the quarterback will be "limited at best" to begin the week, per Jon Machota of The Athletic. Dallas can still punch its ticket to the postseason with a win over the Redskins on Sunday coupled with an Eagles loss to the Giants, so expect Prescott to play on through the injury once the weekend arrives.
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