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This Player Will be on the Trade Block if the Cowboys Get Off to a Slow Start in 2020

Zach Brunner
This player could be put on the trade block, if the Cowboys start the season slow.
This player could be put on the trade block, if the Cowboys start the season slow. / Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images

Like essentially every offseason, the Dallas Cowboys are being hyped up by many media outlets. They are expected to be contenders in the NFC after making a switch at head coach and retaining most of their big-name free agents.

However, it's very possible the Cowboys stumble out of the gates. Not winning games and playing poorly are two very different scenarios, but if the Cowboys get off to a terrible start under new head coach Mike McCarthy, we could see Dak Prescott placed on the trade block.

Now, a lot would have to happen both on the field and behind closed doors for this to happen, but it's possible. Dak has signed a franchise tag for this season, after failing to agree to a big contract with Dallas. Reportedly, Dak wanted a short-term contract and the Cowboys wanted to lock him down for at least five years. If negotiations (or his early-season play) are bad enough for the Cowboys not to want him long-term, Jerry Jones may start wheeling and dealing.

It seems unlikely that that the two will come to a deal that both will agree on if Prescott struggles this season. There is a power struggle here, with the Cowboys wanting to have Dak under contract for a long time, but the quarterback essentially wanting to choose that he can leave early, if need be.

It's possible a team like the Jacksonville Jaguars would want a quarterback a little more proven, like Dak. If things don't work out with him, the Cowboys would likely want to draft their next starter, so it would make sense for them to trade with the Jaguars for their top draft pick, hoping to land someone like Trevor Lawrence.

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