Dak Prescott and the Cowboys are reportedly not close on a deal

The Dallas Cowboys need to get it together with Dak Prescott.

Jerry Jones might be running out of time with Dak Prescott.

If we’re looking at the doomsday clock regarding the former home of the Doomsday Defense, the Dallas Cowboys are minutes to midnight on the Dak Prescott contract talks. America’s Team has two more days to come to a long-term agreement with their starting quarterback. Otherwise, he’ll have to play on the franchise tag. If that happens, he’s the next Kirk Cousins and that’s not great.

So how bad is it for Jones and the Cowboys front office?

According to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, “the Cowboys and Prescott are not close to finding the common ground that’s eluded them for quite a while now.” Alper followed that up with, “deadlines can sometimes make deals happen after they looked unlikely a couple of days earlier, but there’s not much reason to think things are going to go the other way in Dallas.”

Dak Prescott, the Dallas Cowboys are running out of time to make a deal.

FanSided‘s Matt Verderame broke down the different possibilities of how a Prescott contract could shake out in Monday’s edition of Stacking the Box. Now that Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs has made more money than god on his new deal, Prescott missed his shot at being the highest-paid player in NFL history. This may incentivize him to play hard ball with the Cowboys.

Playing on the tag would net Prescott upwards of $31 million. That’s quite a bump in pay from the chump change he got in his first four years in the league out of Mississippi State. It’s not likely the Cowboys tag him for a second year in a row. It’d be way too pricey for them. That would allow Prescott to hit unrestricted free agency in 2021 like Cousins did back in March 2018.

The issue of note between the Cowboys and Prescott’s camp has never really been money, but more about the length of the contract. Prescott would prefer a shorter deal, preferably four years. Dallas wants him to sign a five-year deal. So it’s either now or never for Prescott with the Cowboys. Will it be four years on a long-term extension or one more year on the franchise tag?

The clock is ticking on if Prescott will be a Cowboy beyond the 2020 NFL season.