It looks like Dak Prescott won’t be receiving the long-term deal that he was hoping for.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the team is “likely to use” an exclusive franchise tag on Prescott if the two sides are unable to reach a long-term deal.
The tag will prevent other teams from negotiating with the former Mississippi State quarterback.
The two sides finally spoke with each other during the combine for the first time since September.
New head coach Mike McCarthy made sure reporters knew that Prescott was the team’s franchise quarterback.
“Definitely,” McCarthy said. “It’s exactly where we want to be with Dak. I think what he’s done to this point speaks for itself. Dak is in a business situation right now. I’ve gone through this as a head coach with a number of my players in the past and, like anything, I think it’s just time to be patient and let the business people work out the business matter.”
Prescott threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns during the 2019 season. He also added almost 300 yards on the ground and three rushing scores.
The Cowboys were thought to be Super Bowl contenders before the 2019 campaign, but finished with just an 8-8 record and did not win the NFC East.