Dallas Cowboys need to pay Dak Prescott quickly
By Nathan Jones
The Dallas Cowboys are in contract negotiations with Dak Prescott. The process seems to be going slowly, but an extension needs to come fast.
The front office for the Dallas Cowboys has made it clear that they want to extend their franchise quarterback, Dak Prescott, for the foreseeable future. Several numbers are being thrown around starting around $20 million per year topping out in the early $30 million range. Even if the contract extension gets done at $30 million, getting the deal done faster will help the deal be a steal.
Because only certain players enter free agency every year, the salary cap figure may not equal a player’s skill level. A great example of this is Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins’ contract. Cousins costs the Vikings $29 million in cap space in 2019.
Prescott will ask for more than Cousins. Prescott has won each head to head contest with Cousins. Cousins is also yet to win a playoff game. Prescott has been the second most winningest quarterback in the league.
Also, the Cowboys have nothing in the works to fill for at quarterback if Prescott did move teams. Prescott will get a huge payday, but it will look like a bargain in a few years.
Other quarterbacks like Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff, Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz, Kansas City Chiefs Patrick Mahomes, and Houston Texans Deshaun Watson will all be getting new contracts in the next year. Mahomes will probably wait it out so he can become the highest paid player ever.
If the Cowboys can sign Prescott first out of all the others listed, his contract will be lower than if others get deals done and he decides to top it. The quarterback market is in a constant state of reconstruction, especially considering the fact that many top 10 passers are going to retire in the next three years.
Essentially, Dallas needs to start swimming before a flood of contracts gets deeper and deeper. The deal will get done eventually, but deciding to spend the money now might actually pay off in the future.