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Dallas Cowboys still committed to Dak Prescott, franchise tag on the table

Days after Dak Prescott suffered that devastating injury, the Cowboys' brass appears to be saying everything right publicly.

The compound fracture Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered in Week 5’s game against the New York Giants remains one of the biggest stories of the young NFL season.

Playing under the franchise tag, Prescott found himself in a major rift with the Cowboys during contract extension negotiations this past offseason. It was a major backdrop in Big D during the spring. Prescott’s future with the Cowboys.

Days after Dak Prescott suffered that devastating injury, the Cowboys’ brass appears to be saying everything right publicly.

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Cowboys still committed to Dak Prescott

Owner Jerry Jones indicated earlier this week on his daily 105.3 The Fan appearance in Dallas that Prescott’s injury does nothing to change his future with the Cowboys.

Cory Mageors of 105.3 The Fan relayed his conversation with Jones to Sportsnaut’s Dave Briggs recently, noting that Jones and the Cowboys are fully committed to Prescott.

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Will Dak Prescott be the Cowboys’ quarterback in 2021?

Following the quarterback’s season-ending injury, rumors are already starting to surface that the Cowboys could look in another direction. That includes Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford.

It’s hard to imagine a loyal Jerry Jones going in this direction. Despite the contract stalemate this past offseason, he has a great relationship with Dak Prescott. That was magnified by Jones’ comments following the quarterback’s injury.

The likeliest scenario here is that the Cowboys roll with Andy Dalton under center for the remainder of the 2020 season before turning back to Prescott in 2021. Whether this is via a long-term extension or the franchise tag, that has to be the expectation here.

After all, Prescott has been absolutely tremendous during his four-plus seasons with the Cowboys. That includes putting up 4,902 yards with 30 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions last season.

Cowboys' Dak Prescott during game against Seahawks
Sep 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) returns to the locker room following pregame warmups against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to Sunday’s injury, Dak Prescott was on pace to shatter the single-season passing yards mark and had put up 12 total touchdowns compared to four interceptions en route to leading the Cowboys to an average of 32.6 points per game.

Prescott is not the issue. Dallas’ injury problems on the offensive line coupled with what could be an historically bad defense seem to be the primary problems for the Cowboys as they look to overcome a 2-3 start to the season with Andy Dalton.

For now, the Cowboys’ brass is saying everything right publicly. I am sure they are relaying the same exact message to Dak Prescott and his camp over at CAA Sports.

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