Mock draft season has officially started, but there’s still that Dak Prescott thing
Three-round 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Jets trade out of No. 2 overall pick – Chad Reuter, NFL.com
This is a name you don’t see very often for the Cowboys in mock drafts.
Gregory Rousseau · Edge rusher
School: Miami | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Rousseau is just scratching the surface of his potential. His strength and length on the edge will help him become a force that the Cowboys could definitely use if soon-to-be free agents Tyrone Crawford and Aldon Smith get new addresses this spring.
Dak Prescott contract: Cowboys hope to avoid tag, confident in QB’s recovery after added clean-up surgery – Patrik Walker, CBSSports
Pay Dak what he’s owed and just get it over with.
Additionally, Prescott is said to be able to move around freely without those crutches and a separate source notes he’s completely out of his walking boot — used now only for preventative measures, if at all.
This is why the Cowboys have zero qualms about dishing out what will be a historic deal, if the two sides can finally come to terms after two failed attempts in two consecutive offseasons. The team hasn’t wavered one iota in proclaiming Prescott as the future of the organization, months after attempting to coax him into a deal that was one year longer than he wanted to commit to. They’d like to get a deal done before the franchise tag deadline in early March to avoid having to tag him a second time to the tune of $37.7 million to buy time for additional negotiations, and will soon reignite talks after having not yet done so while they seek additional clarity on what the 2021 salary cap will look like.
The problem is it’s unknown when how soon the NFL and NFLPA will come to an agreement on this year’s cap number, making it more difficult for the Cowboys to structure their next offer if they’re truly trying to tie it to the cap — for negotiating purposes. That means the expectation remains a second tag will land on Prescott, sources told CBS Sports on Feb. 1, with the deadline for negotiating a deal again set for July 15. There are rumors the cap could land anywhere from $180 million to $195 million, both being higher than the $175 million floor set one year ago due to revenue concerns created by the COVID-19 pandemic.