FRISCO - An increasing number of pundits are insisting that the relative lack of progress in negotiations between the Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott should lead to an odd conclusion:
"Let Dak go.''
We've attempted to explain numerous times in this space the idiocy of the remark. Now, as the two sides continue to visit, and as Prescott continues to rehab from his ankle surgery (largely here at The Star in Frisco under the guidance of the Cowboys medical team, we might add) with all parties aware of the seriousness of the March 9 franchise-tag deadline and the official opening of NFL free agency on March 17, we're going to leave it to our colleague Ian Rapoport to offer another short remark.
"No chance,'' Rapoport reported Tuesday.
“He’ll get franchise-tagged again or he’ll do a deal. Or he’ll do a deal in July which makes some sense,” Rapoport said on the Pat McAfee Show, referring to the July 15 deadline for tagged players to sign long-term contracts, or, in the case of a tagged QB, to play on a one-year deal worth $37.7 million.
So Dallas won't just "let Dak go''?
Both FS1 and ProFootballTalk.com are spitballing the "let Dak go'' line of thinking. FS1 doesn't seem to have a particular vision for Prescott's future beyond dumping him in favor of a trade for Seattle's Russell Wilson. PFT's vision? Mike Florio says the Cowboys should simply "let Dak go,'' with the reward being a compensatory pick.
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He may or may not understand that such a pick would come in 2022. And that it would be no higher than a third-rounder.
The progress here has been slow, but even as Dak's side reportedly wants "respect'' - and an APY second only to Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' $45 million - we've been told there is no particular animosity ... certainly not enough just to wad up the entire idea of keeping the team MVP and tossing it into the garbage.
There are obstacles here. But there are solutions here. "Let Dak go'' would represent a case of the poorest asset management in NFL history.
"Let Dak go''?
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