The Dallas Cowboys are in talks with extending Dak Prescott to a long term contract, but how much will it cost them?
The Dallas Cowboys drafted Dak Prescott in the fourth round of the 2016 draft out of Mississippi State. The Cowboys drafted Dak as nothing more than a project at best and not the heir apparent to the beloved and incumbent quarterback Tony Romo.
At the time, current Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, Kellen Moore, was entrenched as the #2 backup quarterback and Dak was…well nothing more than a clip board holder or a practice squad member.
As fate would have it, Moore would suffer a leg injury, and Dak took all of the snaps that preseason. In fact, Dak played so fantastic during the 2016 preseason that he became the primary backup to Romo throughout the rest of the preseason.
Then the unthinkable happened and Romo went down with a lower back injury- his third injury in less than one calendar year. Suddenly, an unknown rookie from Mississippi State was supposed to lead a young team with a mediocre defense to victory.
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Ever since then, all Dak has done is win 33 games (the second most wins behind Hall of Famer Tom Brady), win ROY (Rookie of the Year), capture two NFC East Division titles, win a playoff game, throw for 10,876 yards, 67 touchdowns, own a 66% win percentage, complete 66 percent of his passes, play in all 48 regular season games (51 games if you count the playoffs), eight comeback victories and 14 game-winning drives.
Those 14 game-winning drives are the most from an NFL QB since Dak entered the league.
Because of those gaudy stat and because Carson Wentz‘s huge contract, Dak’s price tag went up enormously these last few months.
Regardless of how you feel about Dak as a signal caller, Dallas’ front office better be prepared to pay Dak as an elite quarterback. Team Dak is going to point to Wentz’s deal as one that Dak deserves because quite frankly, Dak has outplayed Wentz and has been more durable than the former number 2 pick in the 2016 draft.
Don’t argue with me. I’m only pointing out the obvious. No I’m not about to argue and compare these quarterbacks accuracy, footwork, mechanics, vision, arm strength and if they believe in the “Boogie Man”.
Team Dak is going to base their asking price off the fact that a fourth rounder has out played his current deal and that if the Philadelphia Eagles can pay an injury-prone quarterback $107 million in guarantees, then Dallas can definitely pay Dak all that and then some.
Further, Team Dak can argue Dak played much better when Amari Cooper joined the team and this is one of the reasons Dallas won the division and a playoff game. Now with Jason Witten coming out of retirement and slot receiver Randall Cobb joining the team, Team Dak can make case that Dak will play even better because of a talented supporting cast.
What that means if Jerry Jones and Mr. Cheap Stephen Jones don’t reach an agreement soon, there’s the possibility Dak could have a career year and Jerry & Co. will have to pay Dak as one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the game.
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Trust me if Dak starts the season off hot, decides to play the season out and throws for 35-40 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards, Team Dak will ask for enough money to eclipse Wentz’s contract.
I understand Cowboys Nation not wanting Dallas’ front office to overpay for Dak’s services, like making him the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. But that’s not how it works in the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL. Players get paid big bucks based off of their performance.
If a quarterback performs at high level on a consistent basis, that quarterback is going to get paid regardless of any perceived or known flaws. Prime examples are mediocre quarterbacks playing lights out and receiving huge contracts. Case Keenum received a $36 million deal ($25 million fully guaranteed) in 2018 after a successful 2017 season.
Nick Foles led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory in 2017 and another playoff appearance in 2018. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed him to a four-year $88 million deal this offseason with the possibility to earn up to $102 million in incentives.
If Keenum and Foles can make over $75 million in guaranteed money, what do you think Dak can make? And that’s why Dak asking price just went up.
- Published on 06/13/2019 at 11:01 AM
- Last updated at 06/13/2019 at 10:37 AM