3 Offseason Moves That Will Backfire on the Cowboys

These decisions will not age well

Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott
Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott / Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Botching yet another negotiation with Dak Prescott

Back in 2020 and 2021, the Cowboys infamously botched their negotiations with Dak Prescott. They hit him with the franchise tag in 2020, which paid him $31.4 million for the season. Rather than negotiate with that as the starting point, they did nothing until 2022 — and again started with the franchise tag.

Getting tagged again shot up the starting point for negotiations and Prescott ended up with $160 million over four seasons. Now, that contract is coming to an end and the Jones family is once again botching their relationship with Prescott.

Reports have surfaced that they're going to let him play out the final year of his deal and then hit the open market in 2025. If they think his contract demands are bad now, wait until multiple teams are fighting for the chance to sign him. 

Throw in the fact that they've continually blamed Prescott and his contract for their lack of moves in free agency and it could be hard to convince him to come back — unless they outbid everyone else.

Every other team has figured out how to pay their quarterback and still field solid playmakers. Dallas, on the other hand, has used the salary cap as an excuse to lowball players and it could finally backfire if they lose their franchise quarterback in 2025.

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