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Report: Dak Prescott, Cowboys Haven't Had Productive Contract Talks in Months

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2019

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott reportedly have not made any progress in contract talks in quite some time. 

According to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports, sources said the two sides have had "little contact" since September. Sources also noted that the last "substantive" discussions between the parties fell apart when Prescott's camp indicated that his price was going up as the 2019 season progressed.

While the Cowboys have been disappointing as a whole this season at 6-7, Prescott has enjoyed a career year statistically with an NFL-high 4,122 passing yards to go along with 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, as well as 223 rushing yards and two rushing scores.

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Prescott's rookie contract will expire at the end of the 2019 season.

Dallas got a massive steal when it selected Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Mississippi State. He has started 61 of a possible 61 games since entering the league and seems destined for his third Pro Bowl nod in four seasons.

Prescott is an impressive 38-23 as a starter, and although the Cowboys are only 6-7 in 2019, they control their own destiny the rest of the way and could win their third NFC East title in four seasons with Dak under center.

Despite all of that, the Cowboys have been unable to capitalize on enjoying strong production from a quarterback playing under a minuscule contract. To this point, Dallas has not gotten beyond the Divisional Round of the NFC playoffs with Dak as the starter.

Now, Prescott is in line for a massive contract, and it could force the Cowboys to make some major roster changes in order to accommodate it.

Prior to the start of the 2019 season, the Cowboys agreed to contract extensions with running back Ezekiel Elliott, offensive tackle La'el Collins and linebacker Jaylon Smith. That left Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper as the big-ticket players still in need of new deals.

Prescott is almost certainly not going anywhere this offseason, as the Cowboys will franchise him at the very least if a long-term deal cannot be reached. In any scenario, it may be difficult for Dallas to keep Cooper in addition to Prescott.

That would force the Cowboys to move forward with Michael Gallup and Randall Cobb as their starting wideouts, which isn't a bad combo provided they can stay healthy.

The biggest offseason change for the Cowboys—unless they reach the NFC Championship Game or Super Bowl—figures to be the firing of Jason Garrett and hiring of a new head coach.

Dallas has incredible talent on paper and should be a Super Bowl contender. The Cowboys haven't looked like one this season, but with some new leadership on the sidelines, Dak has shown enough to suggest that he is the right quarterback to lead them to the promised land.

In order to keep Prescott for years to come, however, the Cowboys will most likely have to pay him north of $30 million per year.