Cowboys, Dak can begin contract talks again: What's changed?

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FRISCO, Texas — For the third time in as many offseasons, the Dallas Cowboys‘ priority is to sign quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term deal.

It did not happen in 2019, when he played out his rookie contract, bypassing close to $90 million in guaranteed money for a $2 million base salary.

It did not happen in 2020, when he opted to play the season on the $31.4 million franchise tag, bypassing a deal worth $110 million guaranteed.

Through it all, the Cowboys and Prescott have maintained they have the same goal: a long-term commitment. While there has been disappointment in not getting a deal done, there has not been the bitterness these negotiations can bring.

But will the third time finally be the right time?

Let’s take a look at questions when it comes to the present and future for the Cowboys and Prescott.

When can the Cowboys and Prescott start negotiations?

Now. When Prescott failed to sign the Cowboys’ multiyear offer by June 15, 2020, he had to play the season on the tag. Per franchise tag rules, the sides could not talk or complete a new deal until after the 2020 season. With

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