Dallas Cowboys VP Stephen Jones gives latest updates on Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper negotiations

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What I’m Hearing: NFLPA player reps delayed the vote on CBA proposal that would increase regular season to 17 games and expand playoffs. As Mike Jones reports, the player reps are hoping to use the NFL Scouting Combine next week to work out kinks.

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INDIANAPOLIS — A new coaching staff, stalled collective bargaining agreement talks and two steadfast negotiating camps have complicated the Dallas Cowboys’ pursuit of a long-term deal with quarterback Dak Prescott.

Less than three weeks remain before the March 12 deadline to designate a franchise tag should the two sides not agree on an extension before then.

Designating Prescott with a franchise tag, vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged Monday, is not ideal. Both sides, he speculates, prefer to get a deal done “in quick order.” But if Prescott and the Cowboys do not agree to a long-term deal by March 12, the Cowboys will indeed tag Prescott.

The one option off the table: letting Prescott walk.

“Absolutely not,” Jones told Dallas reporters Monday afternoon at the NFL scouting combine. “Dak’s our quarterback, and he’s our quarterback for the future. … We know he wants to be here…

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