The Dallas Cowboys are truly the gift that keeps on giving

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

Love them or hate them, the Dallas Cowboys continually find ways to stay relevant, even when there’s literally nothing going on.

Just when you thought you’d had enough from the Dallas Cowboys regarding the ongoing Dak Prescott contract saga, word came down via NBC NFL analyst, Chris Simms, that Prescott’s camp turned down a five-year, $175 million deal. This occurred last Tuesday during an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas.

Of course, when this reached the rest of the general populace in this neck of the woods, it set off a predictable reaction. Prescott is a polarizing figure among the fan base. There really is no in-between when it comes to the fifth-year pro out of Mississippi State. Sure, he has his supporters, present company included. I think a team can win with a guy like Prescott at the helm. To a degree, he’s proven that. It’s not always pretty, but the kid finds ways to at least be in position to win.

But for a seemingly larger–or maybe much more vocal–percentage of the fandom, when the news of the latest impasse broke, it stoked a new wave of anti-Dak sentiment. To them, he’s either not The Guy, being greedy, being unrealistic in regards to his own abilities, or all of the above. To an extent, I get that. The lineage of quarterbacks in this burg is rich and strewn with the shiny baubles of Lombardi Trophies past.

But that’s the thing: it’s the past. I shouldn’t have to remind anyone, but if we’re being true to ourselves, the football team we love to an absolute fault hasn’t won anything in twenty-five years now. There have been a lot of jokers under center on opening day since Troy Aikman. Last I checked, only Tony Romo and Prescott have come anywhere close to making the grade. That sentence alone should give even the most ardent Dak hater a measure of pause.

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The sticking point in all of this is the length of the deal. The Cowboys want five years. Prescott wants four. I see the rationale on both sides. Jerry and Stephen Jones want the peace of mind that comes with a longer deal. Prescott wants his own peace that comes with a shorter deal and the safeguard that he’s a year closer to cashing in larger once the deal is up. Even with current global situation, Prescott is banking on a higher salary cap and better leverage once the NFL TV deal in place is finished. His agent is no dummy. Plus, they’ve sat by and watched Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper get paid. Why not Prescott? When it comes to a billionaire paying a millionaire his market share, it makes a lot of sense.

Look, do we really know whether or not Dak Prescott is the guy to get the Cowboys back to the Super Bowl, much less win one? No one knows the answer to that question. Jerry Jones doesn’t know. Neither does new head coach Mike McCarthy. The fans sure as heck don’t know, yours truly included. But I’m willing to bet that he gives this club the best chance to achieve that long lost glory better than any current option.

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The present wind direction might seem uncertain, but make no mistake: Dak Prescott isn’t going anywhere. Any cockamamie notion from the general proletariat that they’re going to move on from him is a pipe dream of the highest order. Personally, I want to see him distribute passes to Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and CeeDee Lamb for at least one year. Deep down, you want that to watch him drive that Ferrari too.

  • Published on 05/25/2020 at 11:01 AM
  • Last updated at 05/25/2020 at 07:14 AM