In 2021, Prescott will still have options.
Prescott was playing on a one-year franchise tag in hopes of securing a longer commitment from the team. Prescott was offered a five-year contract, but Prescott refused in hopes of securing more guaranteed money. He could have held out, but elected to sign the exclusive franchise tag.
Prescott suffered a compound fracture in his ankle during the third quarter of Dallas’ 37-34 win over the New York Giants. The injury required surgery late Sunday night, but the updates provided signaled that Prescott will likely make a full recovery.
Prescott was in tears when he was carted off the field due to his high competitive nature. It broke all the hearts of Cowboys players and those around the league, especially those who know that Prescott was hoping to secure that contract he deserved.
When it comes to numbers, ESPN’s Bill Barnwell dissected the likely outcome for Dak’s future.
“The most likely outcome both before and after the injury is the third option: a second franchise tag. The Cowboys can offer Prescott another one-year deal, with this one guaranteeing the Mississippi State product $37.7 million for the 2021 season. The move would amount to a $6.3 million raise, but with the cap set to drop from $198.2 million in 2020 to $175 million as a result of the hit in local revenues, the team would feel the pinch of a second tag even more.”
According to Barnwell, Prescott could command nearly ⅕ of the team’s cap space in 2021.
“Prescott currently takes up 14.4% of Dallas’ cap space, but he would be in line to take up something closer to 18.9% next year. With a $175 million cap, $37.7 million is the equivalent of paying Prescott something close to $42.7 million on this year’s cap.”
Stephen Jones confirmed that Dak is apart of their future plans via Clarence HIll Jr.
, so it’s possible that they could spend big bucks for tagging him again.
“He is our future. He is special,” said Jones. “If anyone can overcome this, it will be Dak. Our doctors feel good he will be able to overcome it and be better than ever.”