As the world prepares to watch Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady square off in the Super Bowl, news regarding the Dallas Cowboys was reported.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported on Sunday morning that the Dallas Cowboys will “make a push” to sign quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term deal.
The #Cowboys will franchise tag QB Dak Prescott again — unless they can get a long-term deal done first. That’s the goal, and thanks in part to a second surgery, the team has zero qualms medically. He’s ahead of schedule.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 7, 2021
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The hope is that a deal gets done this offseason. If not, the Cowboys will place the franchise tag on Prescott for the second year in a row to prevent the quarterback from hitting free agency.
Prescott played four-and-half games under the tag in 2020 before suffering a compound fracture and dislocation to his right ankle versus the New York Giants in week five. He was off to a record-breaking start to the season prior to going down.
The Cowboys’ quarterback underwent successful surgery that night. Rapoport and Pelissero reported that Prescott underwent another surgery later to strengthen the ankle.
Sources say Prescott underwent a second — and previously unreported — procedure on the ankle about two months later to strengthen his deltoid ligament, clean out the ankle and make it more structurally sound. That procedure wasn’t directly related to the October surgery; rather, doctors then spotted issues related to past injuries to the same ankle, and so once the risk of infection was eliminated, they went back in to clean up the rest.
By wanting to make a push to sign Prescott long-term, it appears that the Cowboys are not worried about their quarterback’s recovery. In fact, according to the report, Dak Prescott is ahead of schedule and will be ready to go for the 2021 season.
According to Rapoport and Pelissero, Prescott is “now walking without issue, doing weight-bearing exercises and is expected to be ready for action long before the 2021 season begins.”
That’s one reason there are no medical concerns, sources say, for the Cowboys with regard to offering Prescott a nine-figure contract that would put him among the NFL’s highest-paid players. If anything, Prescott is considered a little ahead of schedule in what was initially pegged as a four- to six-month recovery.
That is exciting news if you are a Cowboys fan. With all of the quarterback movement around the league — including Carson Wentz potentially leaving the division — it is comforting to know that Dak Prescott will be remaining in Dallas for at least another season.
Still, Dallas needs to go ahead and get this deal done. Prescott has proven he deserves an extension, and the Cowboys don’t want to risk falling back into quarterback purgatory.
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