Dallas Cowboys news thus far this season has been akin to a dumpster fire GIF. It started back in Week 5 when franchise quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a devastating ankle injury on a scramble.
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This came with Prescott potentially slated to cash in big time in free agency next March after drama defined his relationship with the Cowboys this past offseason. Now at 3-8 on the season, these Cowboys are in the midst of one of their worst stretches since 1989.
It’s not yet known when Prescott will return to the field. It’s also not yet known whether that will even be with the Cowboys. It’s in this that more Dallas Cowboys news coming from owner Jerry Jones isn’t necessarily the best thing right now.
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Dallas Cowboys news: Jerry Jones questions Dak Prescott’s play style
“I’ve always handicapped, to some degree, Dak because of the fact that he’s so effective and has been in his career in the running game, and his ability to take it down and get the big play and get the yards,” Jones said. “I’ve always known that he couldn’t do that like that for long in the NFL. You can’t do that.”
There’s certainly a lot to unwrap in that one part of the quote. The injury Prescott suffered Week 5 against the New York Giants was more of the freakish variety than anything else. Here’s a guy that had started all 69 games in which he appeared in the NFL since entering the league back in 2016.
In reality, Prescott runs when he has to. Prior to the horrifying Dallas Cowboys news of Week 5, the quarterback had run the ball 18 times in five games. In fact, we’ve seen a downward trajectory as it relates to Prescott running the ball in recent seasons.
Regardless, this is an interesting take given Prescott’s contract situation.
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Dak Prescott contract
The 27-year-old Prescott was playing under a $31.41 million franchise tag tender prior to suffering his injury. This came after the two sides failed to agree to a long-term extension during the offseason.
Immediately following Prescott’s injury, Jones took to the media as a way to commit to his signal caller. That included the possibility of handing Prescott the franchise tag once again this coming March.
Given the contracts we’ve seen handed out to quarterbacks recently, most notably recently-benched Eagles signal caller Carson Wentz, it stands to reason that Prescott would still be in line for a new long-term deal. Is that now in question?
Dallas Cowboys news: What does Jerry Jones’ comments tell us?
Reading between the lines, it does not take a genius to realize that Jones might now be hesitant to hand Prescott a long-term deal with a ton of guaranteed cash.
He’s clearly putting the onus on Prescott changing his game to take into account the owner’s worn-out belief that mobile quarterbacks can’t last in the NFL over the long-term. Whether Jones meant to add to this narrative remains to be seen. But it’s clear that’s exactly what he did.
The question now becomes whether Dallas Cowboys news this coming offseason will pretty much all deal with the Dak Prescott contract situation.
There’s other opportunities out there for both the Cowboys and their current franchise quarterback. Could the stars be aligning for an ugly divorce in Big D? Well, Jones’ comments might add some fuel to the fire in that regard.
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