For the second straight offseason, the Dallas Cowboys are being faced with the decision on whether to give Dak Prescott his much deserved long-term deal or put him back on a franchise tag.
The fan base may want Prescott to be there long-term, but The Dallas Morning News’ David Moore thinks the franchise would be better off moving on from Prescott rather than using the “nuclear option” of the franchise tag for a second straight year.
Applying the franchise tag would hold Prescott for the 2021 season, but then he would become an unrestricted free agent in 2020 and lose him outright.
“If the gulf remains and the club applies a second franchise tag in early March, the Cowboys must continue moving on from Prescott,” Moore explained. “Why? A second franchise tag is a nuclear option. If Dallas uses that tag and then is unable to sign Prescott to a long-term deal in July before training camp starts, the quarterback will play this season and then be gone next year in free agency.”
The Cowboys have until March 9th once again to make that decision. Moore thinks the Cowboys would be wiser to move on from Prescott right now.
“The Cowboys can’t let it get to that point,” Moore continued. “If the sides don’t reach an agreement by the March 9 deadline, or aren’t convinced a deal is imminent, the Cowboys must move on and look at jumping into this uncharacteristically unsettled quarterback market and the draft to find a replacement. Again, it’s not the preferred option, but it can’t be ruled out.”
A few days ago, Cowboys legend Troy Aikman told 1310 The Ticket that he wouldn’t rule out the team looking at other options at QB this offseason.
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“Well, I wouldn’t rule anything past Jerry,” Aikman noted, per Inside the Star. “I say that as a compliment. I think he’s always trying to figure out what they can do or how he might be able to do something that will give them a chance. But I don’t see Dak not playing in Dallas… Going back to what we were talking about with Brady and Tampa Bay, it just reiterates the importance of that position.”