Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys have not come to a contract agreement yet, but contract discussions are "more productive than they have been" in previous months, per an unnamed source of Calvin Watkins at Dallas News.
The deadline for applying a franchise tag to a player is March 9th. While Prescott was deemed a very likely candidate to receive the franchise tag again, valued at $37.7M this year, this reporter's unnamed source seems to be alluding to a possible longterm deal. If the Cowboys do not tag or extend Prescott by March 17th, he becomes an unrestricted free agent. He would command a huge demand on the trade market, even after suffering a brutal season-ending foot injury in 2020. All of this seems very similar to what we saw last year; Dak wanting a longterm deal, beat reporters hinting at a possible longterm extension, and murmurs about him becoming an unrestricted free agent. Given the Cowboys' lack of depth at the position and Prescott's comfort with the team, it would be unlikely to see the 27-year-old quarterback not in Dallas next season, whether it be under a franchise tag or a longterm deal. There is less than a week until the franchise tag deadline, and legal tampering for free agency opens on March 15th. We will keep you updated on this developing story.