I don't disagree on the facts (no need to split hairs on Dak's ranking). That being said the only alternative solution I agree with is #2. 1. Hardball with Zeke. While I would have likely done it, I think the Cowboys saw 2019 as a potential Super Bowl year and wanted to be at full strength. Obviously the team didn't live up to that, but I have a feeling if Zeke was out that would have given Garrett another out to stay Cowboys coach and I'm glad that didn't happen lol. 2. Get Dak signed after year 3. This is a no brainer and a huge fail on the part of the front office no matter what happens. Like I've said before, even if the Cowboys gave Dak the "pie-in-the-sky" $40 million for 4 years offer, the 5 year average is only $32 million when you include 2019. Cowboys could have structured the cap hit so Dak was around $32 million until after the 2023 season. Instead they let Dak play out the year, and now they have Dak on a franchise tag for $31 million. 3. Non-exclusive tag. I don't think much would have changed positively for the Cowboys had they done this. Most people seem to think Dak would get low offers and sign one, when more likely he would just play on the tag and bid his time till he can get to free agency without a tag on him. No team is gonna give Dak the kinda money he wants and two 1sts on top of it. So it would save the team $4 million but allow Dak to plot out his eventual free agency by allowing him to talk to other teams. Given what happened so far I think that was a good move. 4. Pulling the franchise tag, which others have suggested would be a horrible move imo. I think some teams would clear the cap space to give him the franchise money he wants. The Washington Football team specifically comes to mind as a team that would jump at the chance to get him. And then the Cowboys have given away a franchise qb for nothing. Especially with being true free agency, the team can structure the deal so that the cap hit isn't too crazy the first year. Or Dak could decide to play year-to-year until the new tv money hits and then cash in.