Despite it being a trending storyline for months, the contract impasse between quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys has yet to resolve itself, and there doesn't appear to be an end in sight.
Cowboys legend and FOX's lead NFL analyst Troy Aikman has occasionally chimed in on the protracted stalemate, but his latest comments regarding Dallas potentially franchise-tagging the 26-year-old signal caller were incredibly blunt.
"I know Jerry (Jones) has talked about wanting to sign him," Aikman said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "To me it is a no-brainer, you're right. I'm surprised it hasn't happened. I'd hate to think what might happen or how Dak might feel if they end up going the franchise tag route. I just don't think that's gonna be in the best interest of all parties. Ultimately, I don't think it's in the best interest of the Cowboys and it could have damaging effects in my opinion. I'm hoping they get a deal done."
Aikman clearly feels that Dallas franchise-tagging Prescott could have irreparable repercussions on the relationship with the two-time Pro Bowler. The Cowboys obviously shouldn't pay Dak simply because they feel pressured to do so, but Aikman makes some good points here.
By statistical measures, the former fourth-round pick has been one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. Further, he's proven he's the face of the franchise by being a laudable spokesman behind the mic after both wins and losses. Prescott's also given everything to the Cowboys since winning the job over Tony Romo. He's yet to miss a start, and hadn't even missed a practice until late last season.
You could argue all day why the Cowboys shouldn't pay Dak the big bucks, but the fact of the matter is that he's done plenty more good than bad since becoming Dallas' full-time starter in 2016. That's the point Aikman is trying to make here.