Dak Prescott Still Has a Long Way to Go in Battle With Cowboys After Signing Franchise Tender

Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott plans to sign his franchise tender.
Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott plans to sign his franchise tender. | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Dak Prescott has been engaged in a bit of a standoff with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason. It has been no secret he wants a long-term extension, but Jerry Jones has not yet budged.

The team decided to put off the expensive decision and tender Prescott a one-year deal via the tag. The offer is still for big money, but there remains a chance for drama and frustration if the Cowboys let this drag on longer -- and that still goes even after Prescott agreed not to hold out on Sunday.

Dak Prescott 2020 Salary

Some good news out of Dallas is that Prescott finally intends to sign his $31.4 million franchise tender, meaning he WILL report when the Cowboys open camp. This requirement is a small step, though.

Signing the tender means a deadline of July 15 to get a long-term deal done and signed still remains. The difference is that he can now be fined if he doesn't show up to training camp given he will officially be under contract.

Prescott remains without the long-term deal he ultimately wants, which may be up to $40 million annually. All signing the tender does is ensure salary for 2020. Just because the QB plans to report does not mean his fight is over.

He has now also put some pressure on Jones and the Cowboys front office. Reaching July 16 without a new deal may serve as the ultimate sign of disrespect toward Prescott. He is a two-time Pro Bowler who has never missed a start during his four-year career. The former fourth-round pick has also been extremely underpaid based on his production, and has seen Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper get their own major deals. The two sides are not any closer to an extension, and the Cowboys are on the clock to not mess this up and be forced to start over at quarterback in 2021.