Duck expected to stay with Cowboys ‘for a long time’
“We expect Duck to be with us for a long time,” Jones told 105.3FM The Fan radio on Tuesday.
To this point, the Cowboys are not holding talks as the season begins. Asked if the door was still open for a deal between now and next season, Jones was unequivocal in his response.
“Sure, sure, anytime,” he said. “It might be a better time for them to get to a point where they can make up their minds. I know we all have times when I wake up and feel like locking something up — maybe a loose end — and if I get a chance, I will.
“It has to look flexible because it is. It’s a moving part.”
He went on to explain exactly what he means by a “moving part,” a stock that points to intangible assets such as market price as the underlying driver.
“We’re always working around this problem with as many number machinations as possible that might work,” Jones said. “It’s a moving target because you don’t know where you are on any given day with the salary you want on the books in the future. … Those contracts you have to assume are going to be put to some number, knowing that they’re not going to be accurate until they’re negotiated.” She is constantly on your mind. It’s just part of your makeup.”
Prescott signed a four-year extension worth up to $160 million with $126 million guaranteed in 2021, after a dance with the franchise tag (his current deal doesn’t allow use of the franchise tag, by the way), which keeps him in two divisions through at least the 2024 season.
In terms of cap management, however, it would be appropriate for the Cowboys to get an extension before Prescott’s 2024 cap hits the books – a whopping $59 million – perhaps to allow space for players like CeeDee Lamb and Micah Parsons, among others ( For example, Tyler Biadache, Dorance Armstrong, DeMarcus Lawrence, etc.).
“These numbers on those (types of) contracts, especially the large ones, are going on and on,” Jones said. “They’re always on your mind. There’s no time for you to disappear because you have to make the whole thing fit. It’s on your mind, the player’s decision, in the middle of the year. It’s just (something) essential.” )).”
Also essential is the understanding outside the building of Prescott’s value within, and trading in a developmental midfielder at Lance doesn’t change Prescott’s plans one iota. Jones wants Prescott to get a third contract in Dallas, and the latter wants the same.
The rest is timing and negotiation.