The Facts: If there's any animosity between the Cowboys and Prescott because the two sides failed to come to terms on a long-term contract before the deadline earlier this month, it's hard to tell. In a recent virtual interview on DallasCowboys.com, Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said there is absolutely no hard feelings about not getting a deal done. "We had a great visit with him at the deadline. We pushed to try to have a few more changes here and there to see if we could get it done," Jones said of the NFL's July 15 deadline for teams to negotiate long-term deals with players under the franchise tag. "But he's got such a great outlook on the Dallas Cowboys, our football team, and he's ready to go out and win a Super Bowl, which would only create more value for him, more value for the Cowboys."
Diehards Line:When asked how close they got to finalizing a deal, Stephen Jones would only say there were extensive talks right up to the deadline. "I don't want to use 'close' in terms of negotiations. You either get a deal done or you don't," he said. "We didn't quite get it done. I wouldn't put blame on either side." Prescott has signed his $31.4 million franchise tender and will play the 2020 season under the tag. Following the season, the two sides can revisit their contract talks and work on getting a new contract, or the Cowboys can place the tag on him for a second year. That figure would be in the range of $38 million. That's a hefty price tag regardless of the season but could be even greater depending on what happens with next year's salary cap.