Cowboys: ‘Error’ led to Dak Prescott’s omission from hype video
The Dallas Cowboys are already revving up for the 2021 NFL season, but a glaring gaffe in a recently released hype video has left the organization spinning its wheels.
The Cowboys earlier this week posted the footage in question earlier this week. The hype video, which includes a “Next season starts now” message, features several current players from the organization, as well as a handful of franchise legends.
One superstar also currently on the roster, however, is inexplicably absent from the video: franchise quarterback Dak Prescott.
Next season starts now.#DallasCowboys | #CowboysNation pic.twitter.com/R45IJhO7lf— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) February 8, 2021
Prescott’s omission was quickly noticed, to no surprise. The Cowboys’ official explanation for how such a thing could have occurred? Nothing more than an “error,” according to a report from Marcus Spears of ESPN.
The timing of the Cowboys’ “error” arguably could not be worse. The team once again is confronted with how to address Prescott’s contract status, so the mistake is an awkward way to open negotiations expected to get underway in the coming months.
Protracted contract talks between Prescott and the Cowboys last offseason failed to yield a long-term deal, so the superstar quarterback played the 2020 campaign — one that ended prematurely for him due to a horrific ankle injury in Week 5 — on the franchise tag.
While both Prescott and Cowboys said all the right things after extension talks fizzled, a report surfaced in July that suggested the quarterback is not interested in remaining with the organization long term.
Sources recently stated that the Cowboys will push to sign Prescott to a long-term deal ahead of the March 9 deadline and are confident a deal will get done. This suggests that the Cowboys have no medical concerns over Prescott’s surgically repaired ankle.
If the parties cannot come to an agreement, Prescott is expected to play again under the franchise tag in 2021. If that comes to fruition, Prescott will earn $37.7 million in salary next season.
It’s currently unclear how Prescott would feel about such an arrangement, but being left out of the hype video — while somewhat embarrassing for the Cowboys — is unlikely to impact the quarterback’s feelings about the team.