The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott had been unable to achieve an settlement on a long-term deal by Wednesday’s deadline, which suggests the quarterback will play the 2020 NFL season on the $31.Four million unique franchise tag.
Prescott joins 11 different NFL gamers who will play on the franchise tag in 2020, together with Cincinnati’s A.J. Inexperienced, Denver’s Justin Simmons, Jacksonville’s Yannick Ngakoue, New England’s Joe Thuney, Washington’s Brandon Scherff, L.A. Chargers’ Hunter Henry, Pittsburgh’s Bud Dupree, New York Giants’ Leonard Williams, Minnesota’s Anthony Harris, Baltimore’s Matthew Judon and Tampa Bay’s Shaquil Barrett.
A supply advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Tennessee’s Derrick Henry reached a four-year, $50 million take care of the Titans that features $25.5 million assured — the one participant on the franchise tag to conform to a long-term deal Wednesday. The Chiefs’ Chris Jones agreed to a four-year contract on Tuesday.
Inexperienced and Ngakoue had been the one gamers who had not signed their franchise tenders.
Wednesday’s deadline didn’t apply to Arizona’s Kenyan Drake, who was the one participant designated beneath the transition tag. He’s permitted to barter with the Cardinals all through the season.
For the reason that franchise tag was carried out in 1993, probably the most gamers to play a full season beneath the tag is 9 (in 2009 and 2012), based on ESPN Stats & Data.
The Cowboys’ group and Prescott’s agent, Todd France, opened negotiations on a multiyear settlement within the spring of 2019 however had been unable to shut the gaps to verify the Cowboys have their quarterback in place past 2020.
The edges didn’t have any substantive negotiations since March, when sources mentioned the Cowboys put out a suggestion price $34.5 million a yr, which might have been the second-highest common for a quarterback behind Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, and a assure on par with the $110 million given to Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff.
Prescott assured on June 22 that he’d be in the beginning of coaching camp when he signed the tender. However even because the deadline approached this week, there was no added sense of urgency to get a deal executed with each side locked into their positions. The Cowboys wished Prescott to signal a deal of no less than 5 years in size, whereas France countered with four-year gives.
And now it leaves open the opportunity of Prescott departing after this season or the 2021 season ought to the Cowboys use the franchise tag on him once more subsequent yr. Underneath franchise tag guidelines, the Cowboys and France can not re-engage on multiyear talks till after the 2020 season. If the Cowboys had been to put the tag on Prescott once more subsequent season, it might price practically $38 million.
The coronavirus pandemic compounds the problems as a result of it’s attainable the league’s 2021 wage cap will stay flat, or presumably drop, which may result in the Cowboys to reducing gamers or restructuring contracts ought to they appear to tag Prescott for a second time.
For the reason that franchise tag system has been in place, solely two quarterbacks have performed the complete season on the tag. Washington twice used it on Kirk Cousins (2016 and 2017) however by no means made a suggestion to Cousins within the ballpark of what the Cowboys provided Prescott. In 2005, Drew Brees performed on the tag for the San Diego Chargers, however the Chargers had Philip Rivers, their 2004 first-round choose, ready to take over.
In 2018, the Vikings signed Cousins to a three-year, totally assured deal price $84 million as he maximized his incomes potential by ready.
Prescott, 26, may observe an analogous path. He’s the primary quarterback to have been tagged by the Cowboys, and Prescott might be solely the fourth to play beneath the tag, becoming a member of Flozell Adams (2002), Anthony Spencer (2012 and 2013) and DeMarcus Lawrence (2018).
Adams and Lawrence signed long-term offers the yr after being tagged.
Initially of the 2019 season, the Cowboys thought they had been closing in on an extension with Prescott that may have positioned him between Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz ($32 million) and Goff ($33.5 million) — fellow 2016 draft picks — by way of common per yr and a assure of near $100 million.
Prescott opted to attend and had his finest statistical season with profession highs in passing yards (4,902) and landing passes (30) in 2019. In his first three seasons, he had not thrown for greater than 3,885 yards or 23 landing passes.
He might be making ready for his first season beneath new coach Mike McCarthy, who has tweaked the offense however stored the identical playcaller in offensive coordinator Kellen Moore. Prescott didn’t participate within the digital offseason program, however he had some communication with the employees to get considerably conversant in the terminology.
Up to now 16 months, the Cowboys have signed Lawrence ($105 million), Amari Cooper ($100 million), Ezekiel Elliott ($90 million), Jaylon Smith ($64 million) and La’el Collins ($50 million) to profitable extensions as they tried to barter a profitable take care of Prescott.
Whereas the $31.Four million beneath the tag for Prescott in 2020 is the biggest wage in Cowboys’ group historical past, it was not what both facet wished by way of repeated expressions of a want in getting a long-term deal executed. Now they need to wait once more till 2021.
Inexperienced and the Bengals had been unable to achieve a deal earlier than Wednesday’s deadline, and the veteran broad receiver is tentatively slated to play the 2020 season on a one-year deal price $17.9 million.
Even earlier than the pandemic depleted money arsenals across the league, Inexperienced and the Bengals had been trending towards a short-term settlement.
The seven-time Professional Bowl participant has not completed three of the previous 4 seasons due to accidents. In 2019, Inexperienced did not play a single snap after he tore a number of ligaments in his left ankle in the course of the first observe of the preseason. Going again to the 2018 season, Inexperienced has missed 23 of the final 24 video games.
Nevertheless, when wholesome, Inexperienced has been some of the productive gamers within the NFL. From the time he entered the league in 2011 till 2018, Inexperienced ranked fourth in whole receiving yards with 8,907, based on ESPN Stats & Data. The 2011 first-round choose was a key weapon for a franchise that made 5 straight playoff runs from 2011 to 2015.
ESPN’s Ben Child contributed to this report.
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