Might Cowboys Commerce Dak Prescott for Russell Wilson in Blockbuster Swap?

Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott


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Russell Wilson, Dak Prescott

If the Dallas Cowboys pulled the set off on a large Russell Wilson commerce, the perenially attention-seeking group would have two choices with incumbent quarterback Dak Prescott:

1) Embody a franchise-tagged Prescott within the deal for Wilson.

2) Permit Prescott to signal elsewhere in unrestricted free company.

Door quantity two is unlikely to be breached by Jerry and Stephen Jones, because the Cowboys’ czars absolutely gained’t let Prescott stroll at no cost on the open market.

Which leaves No. 1 because the most probably consequence within the occasion of a blockbuster take care of the Seattle Seahawks, and Professional Soccer Focus raised the potential for a shocking Wilson-Prescott swap.

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Whereas Seattle doesn’t have to twist Wilson’s arm, contemplating the eight-time Professional Bowler reportedly issued a commerce request to Dallas (amongst three different groups), convincing Prescott to greenlight the commerce seemingly requires a bit extra initiative.

As a result of he isn’t underneath contract, the Cowboys couldn’t transfer Dak except they apply the franchise tag and he formally indicators the fully-guaranteed $37.7 million tender. Then he’d must be keen to play for Seattle, whose agonizing run-based system and yearly leaky offensive strains drove Wilson (doubtlessly) to the purpose of no return. If all this sounds convoluted … that’s as a result of it’s.

So far, just one passer in league historical past, Matt Cassel, has ever been franchise-tendered after which shipped to a different staff. That occurred in 2009, when Cassel was despatched from the Patriots to the Chiefs. ESPN’s Adam Schefter cautioned in January that historical past repeating itself with Prescott is feasible — however hardly possible — regardless of the clock ticking on long-term contract talks previous to March 9, the ultimate day to use the tag.

“To do this, they want a sure degree of cooperation from Dak Prescott,” Schefter mentioned. “He’s bought to come back in and signal that franchise tag understanding he’s being traded someplace. If that they had a deal labored out with anyone to a spot the place he didn’t wish to go, what could be his incentive to signal that?

“That is, actually, an unofficial no-trade tag that Dak Prescott has by getting the franchise tag, if certainly the Cowboys do put that tag on him. That might be his unofficial no-trade clause. They may not simply commerce him with out his consent.”

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Again to actuality. NFL Community insider Jane Slater lately reported {that a} commerce sending Wilson to Dallas is very unlikely to happen. Slater’s supply near the scenario forcefully disputed the hypothesis, which they known as “laughable.”

“Not solely do I not suppose that is taking place, I did go forward and examine that with considered one of my staff sources. They equally discovered the state of affairs laughable,” Slater relayed, by way of Todd Brock of Cowboys Wire.

It isn’t simply Slater, both. Based on Michael Gehlken, who covers the Cowboys for the Dallas Morning Information, the possibilities of the Joneses making a franchise-altering provide for Wilson are “lower than 1%.”


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