Cowboys nice Emmitt Smith is urging the franchise to keep away from “enjoying rooster” in contract negotiations with quarterback Dak Prescott.
Prescott is scheduled to play the 2020 season underneath the unique franchise tag, which pays him over $31 million. He and the Cowboys face a July 15 deadline to achieve a long-term deal.
Stories this week prompt Prescott might turn into the NFL’s highest-paid participant with a contract price $35 million yearly, although he was pushing for a four-year deal somewhat than a five-year pact.
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The Cowboys swooped in to signal veteran Andy Dalton after the Bengals launched him this month, however they’ve reiterated their need to achieve an settlement with Prescott.
Smith, a three-time Tremendous Bowl winner with the Cowboys, has religion a deal will get completed regardless of the fixed media hypothesis.
“So far as the gamers go, Dak shouldn’t be apprehensive whether or not or not he will get signed,” Smith instructed Dallas radio station KRLD-FM. “I am not even involved. I consider he’ll get it completed and I consider the Cowboys will get it completed. We do not have room to be enjoying video games or enjoying rooster.
“It is vital to [media] those who want one thing to speak about as a result of you do not have a lot to speak about as a result of we do not have camps and minicamps and so forth.
“The enterprise of leverage, when you might have leverage, then you definately attempt to set the principles, and the one method you struggle leverage is you struggle it by establishing your floor. I feel sooner or later these items will subside.”
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Smith provided his take after one other former Cowboys first-round choose, Marcus Spears, opined Prescott could be “loopy” to not signal a deal for the quantities reported. Spears, although, prompt the saga was not regular.
“In the event that they’ve provided Dak $35 million a yr and over $100 million assured and he is turning it down due to an additional yr, Dak is loopy,” Spears stated to ESPN. “I’ve by no means identified a man to struggle over a yr if he will get $100 million assured, as a result of, often, all that issues to NFL gamers is, ‘What am I getting going to my checking account?’
“[But] I am considering one thing concerning the construction of this contract is giving Dak and his agent pause earlier than signing.”
For the reason that begin of final season, the Cowboys have agreed to big-money extensions with Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith and Demarcus Lawrence.
Spears added: “Out of each [quarterback] contract we have watched get completed [on other teams] there was not this delay. There was not this many gamers being signed to the group earlier than the quarterback.
“There was not a nine-year starter [Dalton] signed as a backup. We maintain watching it like they’re going to go about regular enterprise and get the deal completed. All of these items, this ain’t regular.”