Apparently $105 million guaranteed wasn’t enough.
The Dallas Cowboys have made a new contract offer to quarterback Dak Prescott, according to ESPN. The Dallas Morning News recently reported that the Cowboys offered the 26-year-old a contract worth an average of $33 million a season with $105 million guaranteed, though it wasn’t clear if that was the total fully guaranteed at signing.
Whatever the case, it did not entice Prescott enough to sign. CBS reports that the length of the contract is a sticking point, with Prescott seeking a shorter three-to-four year deal and the Cowboys looking to lock Prescott up for at least five years.
If the two side cannot reach an agreement before the Thursday 4 p.m. deadline to designate franchise players, the Cowboys will place a franchise tag on Prescott, according to ESPN.
However, the report says the team is more likely to use the exclusive franchise tag instead of the non-exclusive tag. The exclusive tag, which prevents other teams from making an offer, would pay Prescott between $33 million and $34 million. The non-exclusive tag would see Prescott make roughly $27 million, but other teams could sign Prescott to an offer sheet. The Cowboys could then match or receive two first-round picks as compensation in that scenario.
The $33 million average would’ve put Prescott fifth among all NFL players (and quarterbacks). Aaron Rodgers and Jared Goff each earn an average of $33.5 million, behind Ben Roethlisberger ($34 million) and Russell Wilson ($35 million).
Prescott set career highs in 2019 with 4,902 yards and 30 passing touchdowns.