With the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott unable to reach a long-term extension by Wednesday's deadline, it seems the franchise could be fighting an uphill battle to retain the quarterback after this season.
One piece of that fight will be winning over Prescott's family.
Shortly after the deadline passed, Prescott's brother, Tad, tweeted his disappointment and wondered how much longer he'll support the team:
The inability to reach a long-term deal with Prescott may prove to be a franchise-altering development.
Since entering the NFL in 2016 as the No. 135 pick overall, the Mississippi State product has re-opened the Cowboys' championship window and proved himself as one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the league.
In 64 games, Prescott has passed for 15,778 yards, 97 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. Only once has Prescott recorded a season passer rating below 90 (86.6 in 2017) and has averaged a rating of 97 for his career.
Yet despite a 40-24 record as the team's starter, Dallas was unable to reach an extension with him after owner Jerry Jones said a deal was "imminent" last September.
Instead, negotiations continued on and little changed, at least publicly. As recently as May 2019, Prescott was telling the team's website he wanted to retire a Cowboy and wasn't worried about the deal.
"I want to be a Cowboy forever," Prescott said then. "I think the people that are doing the deal feel the same way so to me it's no rush. I know it will get done."
After the deadline passed on Wednesday, Prescott continued to take the high road, telling NFL Network's Jane Slater he was "grateful and blessed to be a Cowboy" and is excited to continue working towards a Super Bowl.
It may be the last time he does so in Dallas. After two years of negotiations that seemingly went nowhere, Prescott may be on the move as a free agent next offseason.