Dallas Cowboys: Despite injury, Dak Prescott will sign a long-term contract

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /

Dak Prescott went down with a season-ending ankle injury, but Dak and the Dallas Cowboys will still come to an agreement on a long-term contract.

The gruesome injury to Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott seemingly put an exclamation point on an already disastrous season. Thoughts of this possibly being Dak’s last game with the Cowboys only seemed to make things worse.

Losing Dak to a season-ending injury was the last thing anybody expected in Cowboys Nation because Dak had started in 72 straight games, including the playoffs. But once Dak got injured, the next logical question everyone wanted to know is if Dak’s injury would prevent him from signing a long-term deal.

The answer to that question is a loud and thunderous “NO”.

Despite the injury, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will come to terms on a long-term contract that benefits both parties. Forget the noise and rumors you are hearing from the talking heads on the ESPN and any other sports worthy network debating on how Dak’s injury will decrease his leverage.

Bogus and ridiculous on so many levels!

The main reason Dak will become the Cowboys’ quarterback for the foreseeable future is because Dak and the Cowboys organization need each other for the long haul and they benefit each other. It’s that simple. Period. And that’s despite an injury.

Let me explain it louder for the people in the back.

First of all, owner/general manager Jerry Jones and his son, Stephen Jones, already had offered Dak a contract worth $110 million dollars for five years before the season started. However, Dak and his representatives wanted the same amount of annual money but only for four years. Therefore, the years of the contract was the only hang-up between Dallas and Dak’s camp.

In laymen terms, Jerry and Stephen wanted Dak as this their franchise quarterback. Are we clear on that point?

Dak wanted to sign a four-year deal because the NFL is set to sign a lucrative tv deal in the near future, and Dak wanted to be in position to sign up for more money once his contract ended.

Fast forward to the first four games of the 2020 season, and Dak was leading the league in passing with over 1,800 passing yards, and he had already set one record with being the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 450 yards in three straight games and to accumulate over 1800 yards in the first four games of an NFL season. My goodness!

At this point, Dak had once again proven that he was a franchise caliber quarterback and then some, but the only difference was that he had proven beyond a doubt that he could carry a sorry defense and throw for a trillion yards along the way. If there were any doubts about Dak, they were erased through the first four weeks of the 2020 season.

Jerry and Stephen had a front row seat to Dak’s heroics, and clearly understood that this man was literally playing some of the best football in NFL history but couldn’t win because Dallas had one of the worst defenses of all time.

So even when Dak was laying there hurt, Jerry and Stephen knew that Dak was their quarterback for the next decade because franchise quarterbacks are too hard to find. Further, incumbent quarterback Andy Dalton is not the future of this Dallas, regardless of how good Dalton performs .And Jerry and Stephen are not interested in drafting an unproven quarterback to replace Dak.

Also, Dak is not playing on another franchise tag and risk suffering through another season-ending injury. This injury taught him and his reps a painful lesson about betting on oneself in a contact sport. Both sides are primed for compromise.

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As durable as Dak was, his reps should be fired for not persuading Dak to take the initial offer, although I believe Dak should have been granted a four-year deal. 

But the Jones’ and Dak will come to a happy medium because they both understand they need each other for different reasons. Jerry and Stephen now know that Dak is a resilient field general and can carry a team to a Super Bowl. Besides, Dak truly understands more than ever he cannot under any circumstances play under the dreaded franchise tag and risk a career-ending injury.

Watching Dak get carted off the field with tears in his eyes was one of the saddest moments in Dallas Cowboys history, if not the saddest. You felt that way because Dak deserved a long-term contract with maximum money a long time ago. If Dak is going to get carted off the field, the man should at least have financial security.

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Another reason Dak will be with be with America’s Team long term is that Jerry and Stephen don’t want any bad publicity for not signing Dak to a lucrative deal after fully recovering from a horrendous injury. It will come across as selfish, disloyal, and unappreciative on the Jones’ part. That can fracture the entire locker room because Dak’s teammates love him dearly.

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It’s ironic that it took an injury for the Jones’ and Dak to realize they need each other to be successful. And because of that need, Dak will sign a long-term contract sooner rather than later.

  • Published on 10/16/2020 at 11:01 AM
  • Last updated at 10/15/2020 at 18:50 PM