Dallas Cowboys: 3 possible scenarios for Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Three possible futures for Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys are going into a season with a new coach and a quarterback that is under a franchise tag. These are unfamiliar circumstances that the Cowboys haven’t been apart of for a long time. If Dak Prescott performs above expectations and the Cowboys refuse to pay him what he wants then the Cowboys could be on the search for a new quarterback.

The big thing that is helping the Dallas Cowboys right now is that the NFC East is weak. The Cowboys could draft a quarterback and play Andy Dalton next year if Dak decides to leave in free agency. Andy Dalton would be cheap and would give the quarterback they draft enough time to learn the playbook and get adapted to the speed of the NFL.

The problem is if the Dallas Cowboys are not willing to give up a bunch of assets, they will probably only get the fourth or fifth quarterback in the draft. If Dak decides to stay and they work out a deal that both sides can agree on then, the Cowboys will not have to worry about a quarterback. There are different scenarios that could happen this year and next year in regards to Dak playing quarterback in Dallas. Let’s take a look at three scenarios.

Scenario 1: Dak has the best year of his career.
If Dak Prescott were to have the best season of his career and lead the Cowboys to the playoffs then the Dallas Cowboys will probably pay him what he wants to be paid. On paper, the Cowboys have a great chance at winning the NFC East and making the playoffs.

This is where it gets tough – the Cowboys will have a Wild Card game most likely against the Bucs and Tom Brady. Once the Cowboys get past the Bucs they will have a road game against either the 49ers or Saints. If Dak were to squeak out a win against either of them, Jerry Jones would feel more comfortable about paying Dak. These circumstances are tough for Dak, but that is the price for playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

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Scenario 2: Dak has an average year, and decides to test free agency.
Dak improves some, but not enough to make the Cowboys Super Bowl contenders. The Cowboys have a great chance at winning the NFC East and making the playoffs. If that holds true then the season is already better than the last year. Here is where the tough call comes in.  If the Cowboys make the playoffs and lose to a team like the Packers or Seahawks, then Dak will get an offer from Jerry Jones, but will more than likely decline that offer.

If Dak were to leave and test free agency, the Cowboys aren’t completely lost at quarterback. Andy Dalton may not be the best quarterback in the NFL, but if he has weapons around him and a good offensive line, then he can probably compete in the division. The NFC East is definitely a division that Dalton could win while the Cowboys try to find a new quarterback.

Scenario 3: Dak leaves Dallas for another team, and the Cowboys draft a quarterback in 2021.
Chances of Jerry Jones letting Dak Prescott leave for another team are unlikely, but if it were to happen, the Cowboys would play Dalton and get a quarterback in the draft.

The Cowboys would have to give up half the roster to get a chance to draft Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, but K.J. Costello is reachable for the Cowboys. Costello is 6’5 has a strong arm and accurate. Costello played at Stanford and is planning on playing at Mississippi State this fall if the season happens.

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In 2018 Costello played at Stanford where the offense was anchored by a great run game. He threw for 3,540 yards had 29 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. The Cowboys would benefit from a big strong armed quarterback that is used to having a solid run game. If Dak were to leave and Dalton had to play in 2022 while Costello prepared for the NFL it wouldn’t be a complete loss for the Cowboys.

It will be tough for the Cowboys to make the transition if Dak were to leave because of his game play and his leadership. The locker room respects Dak and looks at him as a leader. These are traits that not every quarterback has.

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This season is important for Dak and the Cowboys. It will be an interesting season, and the Cowboys will have a lot riding on this season when it comes to their future. We can only hope that the future has Dak Prescott as the Cowboys quarterback.

  • Published on 07/22/2020 at 16:01 PM
  • Last updated at 07/22/2020 at 11:32 AM