Michael Irvin Started a Tom Brady and Dak Prescott Hubbub

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Flipping through TV channels this morning and I see this Dallas Cowboys/Tom Brady story popping up on the debate shows.

You can source the topic to Michael Irvin, who went on Boston sports radio station WEEI and told a couple of guys name “Dale and Keefe” about a scenario in which Dallas pursues Brady and decides to use the franchise tag to move Dak Prescott instead:

“I am telling you right now, at the Super Bowl in Miami, some very significant people that I had conversations (with were) leaning in that same direction,” he said. “It was shocking. I had a vodka cranberry in my hand and when they said it to me I put the drink down and said, ‘Let’s talk a little bit more about this.’ I promise you, I had a conversation with people, I can’t tell you who, about that same scenario going down.

“I just don’t know if there’s a real possibility of that happening.”

That comment took on a life of its own and spiraled out of control very quickly, with Irvin then going on Twitter to say this:

And this:

The scenario itself is interesting, if seemingly unlikely. The Cowboys have said on the record they’d like to sign Prescott to a long-term extension without using the franchise tag. There have been a couple of reports out there saying Dak is looking for more money than what they’ve previously offered, something upwards of $30 million per year, which probably contributed to the Irvin comment blowing up the way it did. I think the only way you’d get close to this Dak/Brady theoretical is if Prescott asks for a grotesque amount of money and Dallas becomes so frustrated that they just say “screw it” and slap the tag on him instead.

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7 Responses

  1. The eagles should have given the franchise tag to Carson Wentz next year instead of re-signing him so soon. Only problem is he’s not an elite qb, so it would sting to be paying him like one with the tag. But if they were going to overpay anyway, they might as well have maintained flexibility.

  2. Actually the source isn’t Irvin. Ray and Glen were talking about this over the weekend. The source is the Cowboys equivalent of Dave Spadero. That means this comes straight from the Cowboys, and is nothing but a scare tactic to try to get Dak to sign on their terms.

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