Last offseason, the Dallas Cowboys wanted Dak Prescott to sign a five-year contract extension. Dak preferred four. Back and forth they went, neither side budging.

Eventually Dallas slapped a franchise tag on him, giving the quarterback a $31.4 million salary for 2020, but no guarantees after that. He didn’t mind. He bet on himself.

Now Prescott is hurt, out for the year with a compound fracture of his ankle. Yet as much as Dak would prefer to make a statement, and gain leverage for future negotiations by showing what he can do on the field, he remains in very good shape heading into another offseason of contract talks.

And each week, as other NFL teams, especially in the Cowboys’ NFC East, grow frustrated with erratic quarterback play, his position improves. Perhaps a great deal

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