The Dallas Cowboys blueprint for a dream offseason

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It’s a busy offseason with many very important decisions to be made by the Dallas Cowboys. What is the blueprint to have a dream offseason?

Everyone is planning out their ideas for a dream offseason. The Dallas Cowboys have a plethora of notable names that need to be re-signed.

We need to look at great yet somewhat realistic decisions that can help Dallas this upcoming season and for seasons to come. With an estimated $77.2 million of salary cap space and many names needing a contract, what would a blueprint look like for a dream offseason?

The Biggest Slice of the Pie

For obvious reasons, quarterback Dak Prescott‘s contract situation is the first offseason decision I am going to address. Quarterbacks take up a huge chunk of every NFL team’s cap, and Dak just came off a monster season where he threw for 30 touchdowns and almost threw for 5,000 yards.

Just to give a perspective as to how much quarterbacks make compared to everyone else, take this in. Regarding average salary, Chicago Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack is the highest-paid non-quarterback at $23.5 million. That ranks 12th in the league behind 11 quarterbacks.

Prescott was already reportedly offered a contract averaging around $33 million per season. He declined the offer and is looking to become amongst, if not the highest-paid player in the league. I believe paying him $35 million annually is the best the Cowboys are going to get.

The combination of Dak’s achievements so far, his young age, and his importance give him more than enough leverage to get what he wants. If the value is set, the remaining question then becomes for how long.

A contract that’s from five to seven years is in the best interest of the Cowboys. Prescott is a young quarterback with all four seasons being good to great seasons. His three playoff games in those four seasons are only three behind former quarterback Tony Romo had in 10 seasons.

Prescott is getting his money. May as well make it a long-term contract and make it more worth it for the team. In three years, $35 million for a quarterback won’t be all that much. That leaves Dallas with an approximate $42 million in cap space next season.