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Mac Engel: Like Tony Romo before him, Dak Prescott must drive contract talks with Cowboys

Mac Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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FORT WORTH, Texas — The story that is now years in the making, with no end in sight, will only conclude when Dak Prescott takes control of his own life.

Every player who has ever played, at some point, realizes his agent works for him, not the other way around. No different than the attorney you just hired to handle the latest crisis.

For the third consecutive February the Dallas Cowboys are talking to their franchise quarterback about the franchise tag, or a franchise-changing contract.

In 2019, it was if the Cowboys could sign Dak to a long-term deal, thus avoiding the dreaded tag the following year.

In 2020, it was if the Cowboys could sign Dak to a long-term deal, thus avoiding the dreaded tag in the next few days.

It’s 2021, and it’s if the Cowboys can sign Dak to a long-term deal, thus avoiding the dreaded tag for a second consecutive year.

 

It’s time for this to end, and the only way that happens is if Dak has a face-to-face with the man himself, Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Jones.

On Tuesday, the NFL’s period for teams to designate players for the franchise tag began. The Cowboys elected not to use the tag on Dak. Yet.

The franchise tag designation period ends on March 9. If the Cowboys don’t have a deal done by then, they’ll use the tag again in the hopes of securing a long-term extension before the NFL’s July 15 deadline.

If Dak is “franchised” again, it will be a one-year, $37.7 million deal. That would be the third highest salary cap figure ever; it would also mean he would have made $69.1 million over 2020 and 2121.

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