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Cowboys and Dak Prescott don’t appear to be close in contract talks

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Most of the talk surrounding the Dallas Cowboys this summer has involved holdout running back Ezekiel Elliott, who has two years remaining on his contract.

Though, both quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper are slated to become free agents after the 2019 season. Specifically, the Cowboys want to get something worked out with their franchise quarterback.

Despite the fact that Prescott has taken part in the three preseason games thus far and decided against holding out, it doesn’t look like things are close in contract talks between him and the Cowboys.

Dallas Vice President and CEO Stephen Jones opened up about said talks on Wednesday.

He noted that the club has been in contact with Prescott’s agent, Todd France over at CAA Sports. Jones also said that talks have not involved details at this point.

This seems to be a clear indication that things will not be settled on the Prescott front prior to Week 1. If this were to drag on throughout the 2019 season, Dallas would almost certainly have to place the franchise tag on Prescott next March.

The quarterback is said to be demanding a deal on par with the $35 million Seattle Seahawks star Russell Willson is earning annually on his new contract. For their part, the Cowboys have looked at making Prescott a top-five paid quarterback. On average, that would net him just under $33 million annually.