Cowboys Truths About Dak, DeShaun and Franchise-Tag Talks

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FRISCO (105.3 The Fan) - Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys are at a contractual impasse and just this side of "The Last Dance,'' it's probably the most talked-about subject in American sports.

"Yeah,'' one Cowboys official half-jokingly tells me, "because you media guys are bored.''

If you consider the rest of the 2020 NFL franchise-tag recipients ... he's got a point. ... though the buzz from Houston suggests we're about to have a different way to fill our time.

An extension for QB DeShaun Watson, the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports, now stands atop the Texans' priority list and "could range between $40 million and $42 million guaranteed" per season.

Now do we understand why Dak Prescott sits tight?

The Dallas QB has been tagged and has yet to sign that $31.409 million tag, and obviously, has yet to forge a new long-term deal. That's being treated as "alarming'' in some quarters, in part because what's on the table is a five-year offer from the Cowboys that includes $35 million APY and more than $106 million guaranteed, all of which would put Dak near the top of the heap among all-time NFL paydays. (Until and unless Watson gets his.)

So, should Cowboys Nation be worried? About the Watson angle, probably. But relative to the rest of the NFL transaction wire? Nah.

Let's examine the other 14 franchise-tag players in 2020, and the status for each:

Shaquil Barrett, OLB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tender NOT SIGNED, contract NOT SIGNED.

The final issue in negotiations, however, is a large one: Prescott and agent Todd France want a shorter-term deal (four years) in order for the QB to get another, quicker bite at the apple after the NFL deal with the TV networks expires following the 2022 season - when the salary cap, and players' salaries, will skyrocket.

Meanwhile, the Cowboys' offer of $35 million APY is based on him accepting a five-year deal, thus giving Dallas more contractual control.

Our prediction on the eventual agreement to the long-term deal stands ... but we're just not sure how much we want to actually bet on it.