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Jerry Jones focused on building around Dak Prescott, not QB’s deal

Dak Prescott has yet to sign his franchise tag tender amid protracted negotiations over a long-term deal, but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is downplaying the increasingly stalled situation.

Appearing Thursday night on NFL Network’s coverage of the 2020 season schedule release alongside first-year Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy, Jones insisted he’s focused solely on assembling talent around Prescott, not on finalizing the quarterback’s deal.

“I think when I look at the career that Dak has had with the Cowboys, it gives me a really solid feeling about what’s in store for us in the future,” Jones said on NFL Schedule Release ’20, via NFL.com. “We’ve got to do everything we can – and that’s what we’re doing in this offseason — to put the players on the Cowboys that are players that can — with his talent as quarterback — really win championships or have a shot at it. That’s the thing I think about when I think of where we are and how we are with Dak.”

Cowboys executive vice president and COO Stephen Jones stated late last month that the team is completely confident that a long-term deal for Prescott will get done before before the July deadline when the QB has to sign his tender.

Having said that, it’s arguably a little concerning for the Cowboys, its coaching staff and front office — not to mention the team’s fans — that talks seem so severely stalled.

One of the biggest hangups complicating negotiations is the length of the deal. The Cowboys are believed to desire a five-year contract while Prescott is angling for one four years in length.

That said, the prevailing belief is that Prescott will ultimately sign one of the biggest contracts in NFL history.

The terms of a potential Prescott contract are believed to have now exceeded an average annual value of $33 million with $105 million in guaranteed money, which are the most recently reported numbers available.

It’s hardly surprising that Jones is attempting to put a positive spin on the Prescott situation, especially given the parties have plenty of time to hammer out a deal. When and if that happens, however, remains to be seen.