Dak Prescott Willing to Give Cowboys a Hometown Discount in Contract Negotiations

According to the latest reporting, the Dallas Cowboys superstar doesn't care about his salary and is focused on the present.
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The Dallas Cowboys are in the midst of a dramatic offseason, and not in a good way. Not only did they lose several key starters, but they also didn't add anyone of note in free agency except for 32-year-old Eric Kendricks. Plus, they haven't made any headway in their contract extension negotiations with their stars including Micah Parsons, CeeDee Lamb, and Dak Prescott.

The situation with Prescott is especially perplexing. Giving him a contract extension now could have helped open cap space for this season but despite claiming a desire to go "all-in", Jerry Jones & Co. decided to stand pat and let things play out. This means that Prescott is likely entering the 2024-25 campaign on an expiring contract and a flight risk.

One aspect that has been causing negotiations to stall is obviously Prescott's price tag. The 30-year-old star would naturally be one of the highest-paid players in the league. Currently, four quarterbacks; Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson, and Jalen Hurts, make over $50 million per year. Prescott's new deal would presumably put him above these players, with Spotrac expecting a league-high $60 million AAV for him.

Prescott himself, however, isn't too worried about the salary amount. In his latest reporting, CBS Sports insider Garrett Podell said the Cowboys star doesn't care about being the highest-paid player in the NFL.

"I'm not trying to be the highest-paid, necessarily. I'll wait until negotiations begin. I obviously want to put this team in the best situation. I'm focused on here, right now where I am. That's always how I've been. Anytime you've asked me, it's always been about right now."

Dak Prescott on contract negotiations

This is an excellent opportunity for Jerry Jones to take advantage and lock his QB up in a long-term deal. The Cowboys don't have a way to replace Prescott if he were to leave in free agency next season. There is really no downside to giving him this deal as he would be easily tradable on that contract anyway.

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