The Dallas Cowboys have yet to sign Dak Prescott to a new long term deal, but a report has surfaced. He should sign it if such a deal exists and here’s why.
The Dallas Cowboys find themselves in quite the familiar position again this offseason. They are once more square in the center of a contract tussle with one of the core stars of the team, one of the best players and leaders of their offense, and not Ezekiel Elliott. After knowing this was coming for quite some time now, the Cowboys have still yet to get Dak Prescott locked into a new deal.
That may be getting all ready to change though as Calvin Watkins of the Dallas News reported that the Dallas Cowboys have made Prescott an offer that would see him become one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league. According to an unnamed source, the rumored deal would see Prescott make an average salary of $33 million per year with a guarantee of $105 million total. If such a deal is on the table, here is why Prescott should take it.
The deal is rumored to be for $33 million average annually, which would bring it to a grand total four-year deal of around $132 million. You use four years because that’s what the typical quarterback contract has been for a player in Dak’s situation.
If you take a look at the deals of both the Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz and Los Angeles Rams’ Jared Goff, the QBs with whom Prescott’s contract and worth have most been compared to and judged based on, then this deal lands squarely in the middle of the two.
Goff has been to a Super Bowl and is the highest paid of the three with an average salary of $33,5 million according to Spotrac.com. So you can argue that Prescott should receive slightly below him salary-wise, but not by much because Dak is the better player overall.
Wentz is just as talented, if not more so, but his health has failed him repeatedly. So while he does deserve the contract that pays him an average of $32 million per season, Prescott could ask for more because he has proven to be more dependable health-wise.
To sum this one up, this rumored offer would land Prescott squarely where he should be in the hierarchy of the pay structure based on the current market and his worth. Based on the quarterbacks in his class, their performances, their deals, and the rest of the market, this is a fair yet lucrative deal for his production.
Secondly, when you think about the fact that the Cowboys have more than a few guys to re-sign and a few other holes to try to fill, the money will only go so far. Not that Dak should be doing the front office’s work, but rushers like Robert Quinn or especially receivers like Randall Cobb and Amari Cooper will require salary cap space to sign. That is the second simple reason why he should sign the deal if it is being offered, because he is only as good as those around him.
The last reason is pretty simple too, but logical and practical. If Prescott were to sign this deal, not only would he avoid the franchise tag and provide himself some sort of security, but he would also be just that much closer to doing it all over again.
Being signed under the franchise tag simply delays the inevitable in that you’d go through the same, similar, or a worse version of the process during the following year depending on the season you had. This is a more than fair deal, so simply get it done and start playing for your next one.
The Dallas Cowboys should have gotten this deal done a long time ago if you ask me, but here we are. If this deal is on the table though, Dak Prescott and his camp should put the pen to the paper quickly.