"We think he's outstanding,'' Jerry Jones said, calling the 27-year-old one of the finest young men he knows. "We think he's our quarterback of the future."
Added COO Stephen Jones: "The virus .. which affects revenue, which affects the cap, that was a challenge. .. (And) the term of the deal was a big part of this.
"But it doesn't change what we think of Dak. .. I'm more convinced than ever we'll get it done."
According to 105.3 The Fan's Mike Fisher, Dallas offered their star quarterback a five-year deal with an average of $35 million per year with $106 million in virtual guarantees. However, France held firm in his ask of a four-year contract to allow his client to re-enter the market after the NFL's next television deal kicks in.
So, what now? No negotiations can resume until after the 2020 season is completed.
Dallas can tag him again next year .... and the year after that, as cap-unfriendly as such a plan would be. It would mean that in 2021, he gets $37.68 million, fully-guaranteed. That’s $69.08 million for two years. And in 2022? That tag number is $54.25 million.
That’s a three-year total of $123.33 million, fully-guaranteed. And not optimal, as "triple-tag'' would cost Dallas $41.11 million average per year - fully-guaranteed. So, it would have been simpler to just pay him $41.11 million per year now.
Both sides have a long time to think about what that next deal will look like, and we'll get the opportunity (once again) to debate the fluctuation of that next contract every week Prescott steps on the field.