Here's Why Rumored Dak Prescott Contract Extension Will Screw the Cowboys

The Cowboys can't afford to make this mistake with Dak Prescott's contract.

The Cowboys' rumored Dak Prescott contract extension could be a massive mistake.
The Cowboys' rumored Dak Prescott contract extension could be a massive mistake. / Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

For as much as Dallas Cowboys fans want to be able to turn their attention to real game action, the clear pressing issue in Dallas is centered around contracts.

Trevon Diggs got paid, but Zack Martin is still threatening a holdout and plenty more Cowboys starters have contracts expiring at the end of the season.

That whole mess is made much more complicated by Dak Prescott's contract situation, and Dallas is apparently already in discussions with Dak regarding a new deal. That could cause some serious damage to the Cowboys' hopes of a multi-season window as Super Bowl contenders if it comes to fruition, however.

Dak Prescott Contract Extension Rumors

It's not surprising to hear that Dallas is negotiating with Dak, whose current deal expires at the end of the 2024 season. But in the current market and with the current state of our roster, getting a deal done now could be totally disastrous.

Dak probably won't command Lamar Jackson money (even if he tries demanding it), but even looking at mid-tier and lower QB contracts from this offseason will give Cowboys fans pause. Daniel Jones, for example, will carry cap hits of $45 million, $39.5 million and $56.5 million over the next three seasons.

With the age and talent of this team, 2023 and 2024 should both be seasons for Super Bowl contention, but it's going to take some key re-signings to keep that window open. Stephon Gilmore only has one year on his contract, for example. Zack Martin will need to get paid to play out the remainder of his prime years in Dallas, too.

There's also a really good chance that Micah Parsons would threaten a holdout next season (the final on his contract) if he doesn't get paid next offseason.

And that's not to mention the big array of other starters and rotational pieces whose deals are up at the end of 2023.

Dak is an important piece, sure, but it's not like he's going to single-handedly carry this team to a Super Bowl. He needs all the talent around him that he can get, and giving him a new deal right now would totally neuter this roster during our Super Bowl window while also screwing the franchise over in the long term.

Let Dak play out his current deal, and if he finally goes on the Super Bowl run that we know this team is capable of then maybe we can discuss an extension.

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