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Are the Cowboys, Dak Prescott headed down the Kirk Cousins road?

Are the Cowboys, Dak Prescott headed down the Kirk Cousins road?

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will play the 2020 season under the franchise tag, as the two sides weren't able to agree on a long-term deal after months of negotiating.

In Washington, this situation feels eerily familiar. Cue, Kirk Cousins.

Cousins had an exceptional season for Washington in 2015, leading the team to a division title. After the season, Cousins felt he had earned himself a multi-year extension. But the two sides could not find common ground on a long-term deal, and the quarterback was franchise tagged. A similar situation occurred in 2017, and he was tagged again. 

After two seasons of playing under the franchise tag, Cousins hit the open market, signing a record $84 million fully-guaranteed deal with Minnesota in 2018. This past offseason, he signed another lucrative extension and has become one of the highest-earning quarterbacks in NFL history.

Prescott has started every game for Dallas since 2016 and turned into one of the NFL's better passers over that span. Over that time, Prescott's contract has also been one of the biggest bargains in the NFL. Over his first four years in the NFL, the 2016 fourth-round pick earned a combined $2.7 million.

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If Prescott is heading down a similar road that Cousins did, that's good news for the quarterback and bad news for the Cowboys.

Since 2005, only two quarterbacks have played a season under the tag: Cousins and Drew Brees. Both had solid campaigns playing under the tenure and cashed in lucrative, multi-year deals in free agency with new teams, Minnesota and New Orleans, respectively.

In an interview with ESPN in May, Cousins said he believes if Prescott stays patient and continues to perform well, he will get his deserved payday. Under the tag, Prescott will earn $31.4 million in 2020.

"If you’re good enough, the cream’s going to rise to the top, and you’re going to get compensated the way you want to," Cousins said. "Sometimes it doesn’t happen as quickly as you would like, but if you deserve it, and you’ve earned it, it’s going to happen. So you’ve just got to stay the course and stay patient. Certainly in my journey, it all worked out. I wouldn’t go back and change a thing."

In the NFL, there's a common misconception that cheap quarterbacks win Super Bowls. But the reality is, that's simply not the case: good quarterbacks win Super Bowls.

Since Prescott's been in Dallas, he's seen several of his teammates -- Ezekiel Elliott, Demarcus Lawrence, and Amari Cooper -- all sign lucrative extensions. All three of those players are very good, but none of them play the sport's most important position. 

For Prescott, playing under the tag is not the worst thing. But eventually, he'll get tired of waiting, and Dallas will be out of time to lock up their young star passer.

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Jordan Reed is set to continue his NFL career with a couple of familiar faces out west

Jordan Reed is set to continue his NFL career with a couple of familiar faces out west

Jordan Reed's first 329 receptions in the NFL came with Washington. Number 330, though, is likely going to happen out west.

Adam Schefter reported on Monday that the tight end is signing a one-year contract with the 49ers that is "incentive-laden." In that report, Schefter noted that Reed is currently healthy.

The 30-year-old didn't play at all for Washington in 2019 after suffering his latest concussion in a preseason collision. All kinds of injuries have plagued Reed as a pro, but it's the head trauma that is most worrisome. He has remained committed to staying in the league, however, and is slated to now do so with one of the sport's top contenders.

Reed will reunite with Kyle Shanahan, his old offensive coordinator, and Trent Williams, a longtime ex-teammate, with the Niners. The thought of him pairing up with George Kittle is frightening, as long as Reed can get right and return to somewhere that's even close to his usual form.

Reed was having a stellar training camp last summer before suffering that concussion in Atlanta. It's going to be nerve-racking watching him take hits again for San Fran — it has been nerve-racking for years now, in fact — but he believes he still has more to offer and the NFC West franchise clearly does as well.

Washington is scheduled to visit the 49ers this December. 

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Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out of the 2020 NFL season

Washington linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out of the 2020 NFL season

The linebacker position is one of the more crowded spots on the Washington Football Team. That crowd decreased by one on Monday, though.

Josh Harvey-Clemons has opted out of the 2020 season, the team announced. The 26-year-old was set to enter his fourth year with the franchise and figured to compete for a depth spot for Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio.

He is the second player on the Burgundy and Gold to make that choice this offseason. Lineman Caleb Brantley opted out last week, too.

A seventh-round draft pick in 2017, Harvey-Clemons has appeared in 35 regular season contests for Washington. He's mostly been a special teamer and reserve option since coming out of Louisville and wasn't a lock by any means to make the 2020 roster. 

The Harvey-Clemons news wasn't the only personnel move that came down on Monday.

The organization also waived three guys — defensive end Cameron Malveaux, defensive back Maurice Smith and tight end Caleb Wilson — and released running back Josh Ferguson. 

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