2. Lock up quarterback Dak Prescott
The future of the Cowboys is bright and the future is right now. Free agent quarterback Dak Prescott had arguably the best season of his career. Passing for 4,902 yards on 388 completions with a 65.1 completion percentage and 30 touchdowns.
The Cowboys have seen his improvement yearly thanks in large part to quarterback’s coach John Kitna, who will not be retained this upcoming season. New quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier has been on the staff once before, serving as the tight ends coach under former head coach Jason Garrett.
Paying Prescott is the difficult part because the quarterback market is set fairly high. Assuming Dak gets the predicted $32-35 million per year, it would rank him as a top five paid quarterback in the NFL.
Now, whether that type of money is warranted for the services of Prescott is another debate, but the market value is set near $32-35 million per year and it’s his time to get paid.
There is not a better solution at the quarterback position for the Cowboys for the foreseeable future other than Prescott. Negotiations will be had sooner rather than later, ditch the franchise tag and get him under contract.
The McCarthy hiring was likely made with Prescott in mind because he can cater the offense to his quarterback’s strengths and skill set. The offensive system and scheme will most likely be built for Dak and his unique talents.
McCarthy has already seen the offenses endless possibilities with Prescott as the focal point according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. He will find ways to make him even more successful and he will help improve his fundamentals as well as his football IQ.