Cowboys Place Exclusive Tag on QB Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott with Cowboys in 2017. Photo by Shane Roper/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

Dallas Cowboys didn’t manage to agree on a long-term deal with quarterback Dak Prescott so far, but no other team will get a chance to it either. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Cowboys decided to use an exclusive tag on Prescott on Monday.

By placing an exclusive tag on Prescott, who was set to become a free agent this offseason, Cowboys give themselves time to July 15th to get the player to sign an extension. In case that the two sides don’t agree to a long-term contract, the 26-year-old signal-caller will spend 2020 playing on a tag. The most important thing for Dallas is that Prescott won’t be able to negotiate with other teams thanks to it.

According to reports from the past week, Dak Prescott and Dallas Cowboys are still not close to getting on the same terms. Cowboys sent Prescott a new offer at some point in recent weeks, with the number being north of $33 million a year and placing him in the top five most paid QBs in the league. The player, however, is believed to be demanding an offer closer to $40 million and wants to reset the market.

The decision to tag Prescott also affects some other Cowboys’ plans. Considering that the new CBA only allows one tag per team, Dallas is now forced to let Pro Bowl wideout Amari Cooper test the free agency. The organization is expected to be aggressive in their pursuit, but it remains to be seen whether they’ll manage to outbid some other WR-needy teams.