Report: Length of contract holding up Dak Prescott deal with Cowboys

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The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott continue to try and hammer out a long-term contract after the team secured him with the franchise tag.

There’s no doubt that both sides want to do a deal, but things haven’t come together despite over a year’s worth of talks.

On Monday night, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen shared that it’s the length of the contract more than anything else that is holding things up. He wrote that the Cowboys want to sign Prescott to a five-year extension, while the quarterback is standing firm with his desire for a four-year contract.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that Prescott prefers a shorter-term deal than a long-term contract. And quite honestly, given the way contracts are typically structured, and given the way the salary cap is expected to continue rising in the coming years as legalized gambling infuses more money into the system, he’s smart to stick to his principles.

It’s going to be fascinating to see if the two sides can come together and finalize a long-term extension. For what it’s worth, former Cowboys star and Hall of Famer Troy Aikman recently said using the franchise tag could end up hurting the franchise big time.