Dallas Cowboys: 5 Reasons paying Dak Prescott big isn’t certain death

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys aren’t doomed if they pay Dak: Point No. 4

QBs are Hard to Find

Dallas Cowboys fans should know this better than anyone (OK, anyone but Cleveland fans): Finding a franchise QB is hard. Really hard. Before the Cowboys stumbled onto Tony Romo they had Quincy Carter, Drew Bledsoe, Vinny Testaverde, Chad Hutchinson, Ryan Leaf, Anthony Wright, Clint Stoerner, and Drew Henson all playing QB for America’s Team. They wandered in the desert for years before that undrafted free agent became their biggest lottery ticket of the century. They hit the lottery again in 2016 when Dak Prescott dropped out of the heavens.

It’s important to point out both discoveries were luck and the Dallas Cowboys can’t honestly take much credit for discovering either. In both cases the Cowboys were more focused on other players and didn’t even know what they had when they had them.

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Even if a team has the top overall pick in the NFL Draft, hitting on a QB is no sure thing. Between 2013 and 2017 the top QBs taken in their respective drafts have been Mitchell Trubisky, Jared Goff, Jameis Winston, Blake Bortles, and EJ Manuel.  How did those guys turn out? The idea of willfully going back to the QB well, just so you can save money at the most important position on the team doesn’t make much sense, does it?

Just because a team like the Dallas Cowboys decide to go the cheap route at QB does not mean they’ll be successful in finding a replacement. Andy Dalton may be a noteworthy addition at QB2 but he’s hardly a viable option at starting QB for a team hoping to win a Super Bowl. Don’t believe me? Just go ask the Steelers, Ravens, Browns, and Bengals about Dalton.