Dallas Cowboys: Dak Prescott shouldn’t need to take a hometown discount

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates in the final moments of their NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17: Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates in the final moments of their NFL game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

Dak Prescott is entering his fourth year and is playing on a rookie deal for the cheap. But after three successful seasons as the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, expect Dak to be paid handsomely.

The Dallas Cowboys have several key players that will be looking for a big contract in the near future. Pro Bowler defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence played under the notorious franchise tag this past season, collecting $17 million for his services. D-Law is expected to break the bank as one of the best edge rushers in the league.

Mr. D-Law has proven to owner and general manager Jerry Jones that he’s no one hit wonder and is the Cowboys best defensive lineman.

NFL leading rusher Ezekiel Elliott has led the NFL in rushing for the second time in three years and has proven he’s the best or at least one of the top-3 running backs in the game. Entering his fourth year, Zeke will be command top dollars, as he should.

The Cowboys other Pro Bowler, wide receiver Amari Cooper, is another key player the Cowboys want to lock into a long term deal because the former Crimson Tide star is one reason why the Cowboys won the NFC East crown and defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the playoffs.

Not to mention Coop made Dak a better quarterback. Speaking of Dak….

The last man standing for his contract extension is Dak Prescott. Unlike Dak’s aforementioned teammates, his contract extension is the most debatable and has the most question marks. From NFL experts to sport talk show hosts to Cowboys Nation, everyone has placed their own dollar amount on how much money Jerry should pay Dak.

Regardless of how you feel about America’s Team signal caller, don’t expect a hometown discount from Dak when it comes to his contract negotiations.

Dak is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal and is eligible for an extension.

And the reason why you shouldn’t expect one is because Dak has earned whatever the market says he is due as a franchise quarterback. Period.

It’s mind boggling to hear fans and analysts alike say “Dak should take like $5 to $10 million and keep it moving!” Former Cincinnati Bengals receiver and guest host T.J. Houshmandzadeh said on Fox sports show “Speak For Yourself” that Dak should take anywhere between $18-$22 million dollars because it’ll help the Cowboys make other roster moves.

Huh? Come again?

How anyone expect Dak to take less money when he sits in a prime position to make as much money as the market dictates  either doesn’t understand professional sports or the capitalistic system of our great country.

That’s why Dak dismissed the notion he would take a Tom Brady-type contract. The six-time Super winning Brady made $15 million last season and will make $20 million next season.

Then Dak said Brady’s super model wife (Gisele Bundchen) is the breadwinner in their household because Bundchen earns the exact amount of money as Brady on an annual basis.

"“Nobody’s wife makes as much money as his wife does either,”Dak said. “When Tom Brady isn’t the breadwinner in the home, then that’s a great problem to have. So in that case, he can do that. He can do his contract however you want to do it.”"

Another reason why Dak won’t accept a hometown discount is because he’s won 32 regular season games out of 48, one playoff game, two NFC East crowns, and ROY honors (Rookie of the Year). Only Brady has won as many games as Dak since 2016.

Let that sink in for a minute.

Further, Dak has nine fourth-quarter comebacks and 15-game-winning drives in his first three seasons. According to Pro Football Talk, Dak leads the league in career passing rating when tied or trailing by eight points or fewer in either the fourth quarter or overtime.

"Dak has a 109.7 passer rating in those situations, and he leads all signal callers who have at least 100 attempts when tied or trailing in the fourth quarter or overtimes. To put this in perspective, no other quarterback has a passer rating over 100. Andrew Luck (97.7), Tony Romo (95.4), Russell Wilson (93.8), Ben Roethlisberger (93.3), and Drew Brees (92.4) trails Dak in this category."

When Dak’s agent sit across from Jerry to start negotiations, he’s going to present this fact based information as why Dak SHOULD NOT TAKE A HOMETOWN DISCOUNT!

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As site expert Reid Hanson explained so eloquently in his article, “the Dallas Cowboys need to re-sign Dak Prescott right now”. The cost of doing business seems to grow by the day. And because of the cost of employing a QB goes up every season, they should re-sign him for as long as possible.”

Translation: The Dallas Cowboys better sign Dak now while they can get him for a decent price because regardless of how he plays next season, he’s going to cost even more to re-sign.

And my question to you is this: If your supervisor asked you to take a hometown discount or a pay decrease, would you do it?

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Of course not.

So don’t expect Dak to take a hometown discount either.

  • Published on 02/14/2019 at 13:01 PM
  • Last updated at 02/17/2019 at 08:04 AM