In a phone interview with Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones reaffirmed that the team is committed to Prescott despite his season-ending ankle surgery and lengthy recovery period.
“Doesn’t change anything,” Jones told Breer on Wednesday. “We’re all in on trying to get it done. Doesn’t change a thing.”
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“It” would be a long-term contract, something the sides failed to finalize prior to this year’s July 15 deadline, prompting Prescott to play the 2020 campaign on his fully-guaranteed $31.4 million franchise tag. Negotiations cannot resume until next offseason, when Dallas has the option of locking down Dak, letting him test the open market, or tagging him again at a cost of $37.7 million.
Jones was insistent that neither the club’s faith in Prescott nor the two-time Pro Bowler’s worth has been altered by his grisly injury.
“Like I said, nothing changes,” he said “There is zero change in his contract negotiation status, how much we want to get him signed. Nothing changes. He didn’t lose value. Nothing. It’s a continual work in progress. Obviously, it’s been a challenge for us, in that we haven’t gotten it done, especially with how bad I know he wants to be a Cowboy.
“And I know how bad we want him to be the leader of this team for the next 10, 12 years.”
No matter the front-facing machinations, Cowboys brass realizes the leverage they re-gained with Prescott on the shelf for up to six months, a rehab timeline that spans the entirety of unrestricted free agency. Those are the words they won’t say aloud.
The ones they will, are all the right ones #forthebrand.
“He’s our future,” Jones said Monday on 105.3 The Fan. “He’s special. If anyone can overcome anything it will be Dak. It’s something our doctors feel like he’ll overcome, and he’ll come back better than ever.”