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Why haven’t the Cowboys, Dak Prescott agreed on a deal? – NFL Nation


FRISCO, Texas — Dak Prescott‘s start to the Dallas Cowboys‘ 2019 season has been all things to all people.

If you believe Prescott can be one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, you can point to his three-game start against the New York Giants, Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in which he had nine touchdowns and two interceptions and the Cowboys scored at least 31 points and had more than 400 yards in total offense.

If you believe Prescott is more of a game manager than a difference-maker, you can point to his past two games against the New Orleans Saints and Green Bay Packers in which he had four interceptions and two losses.

All of this makes the ongoing contract negotiations with Prescott, 26, an interesting topic. The Cowboys initially wanted to get a long-term deal done with the fourth-year QB in the spring. Then it was before training camp in Oxnard, California. Then it was during camp and finally before the regular season began on Sept. 5.

Here it is Week 6 and there’s no deal.

The Cowboys are open for business, as executive vice president Stephen Jones likes to say, but if Prescott is going to be patient, then the Cowboys can be patient, too. Both sides want the same thing: a long-term agreement.

But the lack of a deal as of Oct. 9 has brought up some key questions:

Why isn’t a deal done and why have the Cowboys waited?

The easy answer is something Stephen Jones says all the time on deals of this magnitude: It takes two sides.

It’s not that Prescott’s representatives don’t want to work out a deal. They want to execute the right deal for their client that will maximize his earning potential. That’s their job. The Cowboys’ job is to work things within a salary-cap model (more on this later), thinking about not only this season but also three and four years down the road.

Dallas has wanted to get a deal done since the offseason. Recent deals — such as those for the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson ($35 million), the Rams’ Jared Goff ($33.5 million) and the Eagles’ Carson Wentz ($32 million) — have set the market since the Cowboys and Prescott started talks. Wilson has won a Super Bowl and taken the Seahawks to a second title game. Goff has taken the Rams to a Super Bowl. Wentz was having an MVP-type season in 2017 before getting hurt, but the Eagles won the Super Bowl anyway.



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