Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was put on the franchise tag by the Cowboys earlier in the off season. In contract negotiations that have gone on for what seems an eternity, is Dak in danger of completely missing out on a new contract and becoming a free agent?
Prescott was offered a $30 million contract by the Cowboys in 2019 but turned it down. He reportedly wanted $40 million.
Prescott had his best season statistically in 2019, with 4,902 passing yards and 30 passing touchdowns. Even with those stats, the jury is still out on Prescott, who continues to be a player who divides plenty of opinion.
I am a big fan of Prescott but there are plenty that aren’t who refer to Prescott’s lack of good performances in the big games.
I have always been of the opinion that he is a good quarterback in a bad coaching system.
Now with Mike Mccarthy as the head coach in Dallas, someone who has worked previously with Aaron Rodgers, they have a head coach who will look to get the best of Dak.
The only issue now is whether he will get a new contract. Jerry Jones appears keen to get the contract signed but it seems to be a question of whether he feels the money asked for by Prescott is too much.
Prescott is said to want $45 million for his fifth year and then $37 million a year after that.
Prescott appears to be wanting a contract that would make him the highest paid player per year in the NFL. Russell Wilson is currently the biggest earner in the NFL for quarterbacks, earning $35 million per year.
Whilst i am a big fan of Prescott, I wouldn’t put him in the same bracket as the likes of Russell Wilson or Ben Roethlisberger, who are the two current highest paid quarterbacks per year in the NFL.
The Cowboys have shaken things up by getting former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton in for a one year deal.
The concensus is that he will be a back up but have Jerry Jones and Mike McCarthy brought him in to help the Dak contract progression? Or have they reached the end of their limit?
The one year deal does show the fact that they dont view Dalton as long term, but i do feel that them getting Dalton in will make Prescott think and review the contract negotiation.
Prescott may still want to test the Cowboys’ resolve here and see what he can get out of them but there is the risk that the Cowboys decide to go elsewhere.
I do think that if Prescott didn’t renew his contract then there would be plenty of suitors.
Chicago could go for him if Trubisky has another difficult season. You could even see new Washington Redskins head coach Ron Rivera taking a punt if Dwayne Haskins disappoints once again, even more so considering the former Carolina Panthers head coach didn’t draft him.
Prescott will not get better than Dallas and he would be silly to not want to stay. He will find it hard to play for a team that both need him and get better weapons than running back Ezekiel Elliot and wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. This is not even including 2020 first round draft pick, wide receiver Ceedee Lamb, who shows all the potential of a top NFL wideout.
In conclusion, i feel that Prescott should look to stay in Dallas as he has the weapons around him in the Cowboys roster that he may not have at another team. Teams in the NFL with better weapons include Kansas City and the LA Rams. Neither of these two would start Prescott over their current quarterbacks.
Prescott is a good player and a good individual but he appears to be wanting too much. He should look to take a lower offer if he wants the best chance possible of getting a Super Bowl ring.