It appears that Jerry Jones is already thinking about the future.
Dak Prescott suffered a compound fracture in his right leg against the Giants. Prescott had to get surgery later Sunday evening, while Andy Dalton helped muscle the Cowboys to a 37-34 win over the Giants.
It wil take at least four to six months for Prescott to recover from the injury, but Prescott was playing on the exclusive franchise tag. According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the Cowboys are likely going to do that again.
“Jerry Jones is prepared to tag quarterback Dak Prescott again in 2021, according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, setting up another offseason of negotiations between the beloved player and the front office.”
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.”
This will likely be a developing story.