The Dallas Cowboys have some tough decisions to make in free agency. Will they do what it takes to re-sign Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper?
The Dallas Cowboys are coming off a disappointing year. At times, the Cowboys looked like one of the better teams in the NFC. Unfortunately, they faded down the stretch. Long-time head coach Jason Garrett was let go. Mike McCarthy now takes over this team, but will Dallas do whatever it takes to re-sign quarterback Dak Prescott and wide receiver Amari Cooper in free agency?
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Mark Carman, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, decide if Dallas will end up bringing back its two best free agents in-house or if the Cowboys are willing to let either Prescott or Cooper walk away for nothing (42:37).
“I’m in. I think they’re going to tag both of them,” said Verderame. “I think they’re going to use the transition tag on Cooper and the franchise on Prescott. Look, they have to tag Prescott. They have until July 15 to make the long-term deal. But what are they going to do? They’re over a barrel with these guys. Let’s be real. This is how the NFL works. You’re not getting rid of your quarterback.”
“Are we sure they want to re-sign Dak?” said Schwartz. “They’ve had plenty of opportunities to make this happen. Most of the time when you want your quarterback to stay, you make it happen. The Redskins and [Kirk] Cousins. It was very clear that they sort of didn’t want him to stay…It feels like Cowboys want Dak at one exact price and Dak wants a different price.”
Verderame mentions that the Cowboys did this to themselves. By waiting this long, the Cowboys have cost them potentially millions of dollars by not re-signing Prescott. As soon as Patrick Mahomes signs an extension with the Kansas City Chiefs worth $40 million annually, what is to stop Prescott for asking for a shade under that at $37.5 million? Someone will pay him that.
As for if they should bring Prescott back, it’s a tad more complicated. Dallas has to accept it will pay a premium for him if he returns, but what are their other options? How sure are they that they can upgrade the position either in free agency or in the draft. Prescott is a good quarterback, but he will have to be paid like a great one if he is to stay in Dallas long-term.
Here are a few other topics discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:
- Chiefs win or Niners lose? (19:49)
- Schwartz breaks down 3rd and 15 (23:29)
- Which playoff teams will miss in 2020? (28:16)
- Which teams make the playoffs that missed in 2019? (29:52)
All this and more!