Cowboys' Jerry Jones Talks Dak Prescott's Contract, Possible Franchise Tag, More

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 12, 2019

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott walks off the field following the game between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings in an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn't ready to discuss the possibility of using the franchise tag on quarterback Dak Prescott as contract extension negotiations between the two sides continue to drag on.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Sunday it appeared likely that Prescott would wind up being tagged, as a source revealed there is currently "nothing going on" at the negotiating table. Jones addressed that report during his weekly radio appearance on 105.3 The Fan's Shan & RJ on Tuesday.

"[The reporter] has no idea," Jones said.

A fourth-round pick in 2016, Prescott is in the final year of his rookie deal, where he's making $2.025 million.

If there's no agreement prior to March, Dallas can use the exclusive franchise tag, which would result in a salary of approximately $33 million for 2020.

According to Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram, Jones said in August that "coming up on the money is really not that issue." He added that Prescott should be at the "top level of paid quarterbacks" but noted a contract has to fit within the team's structure.

Jones told reporters in September he felt an extension was "imminent."

Prescott said last week he was not worried about his contract, telling Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News:

"As far as coming to patience, I think for me, it's about the reasons why I play this game. It's not for that. All that is a benefit. All of that is a plus. It's great; it's going to be great when it happens. But that has no motivation or reason why I play this game, so it doesn't affect me week-to-week."

Prescott has helped Dallas win the NFC East in two of his first three seasons. The team jumped out to a 3-0 start this year but has gone just 2-4 since.

Coming off a 28-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10, the 77-year-old Jones said, "I don't know that I have too many weeks regarding the Cowboys that I'm not disturbed."

Dallas enters Week 11 tied atop the NFC East with the Philadelphia Eagles at 5-4, and the Cowboys hold the tiebreaker thanks to a 37-10 victory in a head-to-head battle Oct. 20.

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