Every NFL offseason is filled with tough decisions. The Dallas Cowboys reportedly made Dak Prescott a contract offer, but it seems nothing has changed.
Many in the Dallas Cowboys fanbase appear to be annoyed with the same topic being brought up over and over. What’s going on with quarterback Dak Prescott? Well, there’s a lot … and not much. The Cowboys have been trying to get a contract signed with Prescott for a while now. There was recently a new offer sent to him and his agent, with an interesting response. Let’s dive into that.
As the NFL Scouting Combine was approaching, there was hope that the Cowboys would meet with Prescott’s agent, Todd France. The good news is they reportedly did meet for half an hour and it was said to be a positive discussion.
Around two weeks later, the talk that happened at the combine was used to put together a deal. This alleged deal would sign Prescott to a rumored $33 million annual contract with $105 million guaranteed.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys and their fans, Prescott and his representatives choice not to accept the deal. If he did, that would have presumably placed him fifth in the league in average annual salary.
If that guaranteed money was awarded upfront, then that would have made Prescott’s contract the most guaranteed at signing ever. Yes, that’s more than other quarterbacks like the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and the Seattle Seahawks’ Russell Wilson. For some fans, this rumored offer likely seems like a bargain. For others, it probably viewed as a huge overpayment.
So, if Prescott values himself more than those players, how much money is he asking for? Well, in an interview with Yahoo! Sports’ Kimberly Martin, Prescott made it known how he values himself. Dak was asked if he believed he was worth $40 million. His response was “you tell me.”
Although we don’t know the exact details about the offer, Prescott appears to be holding out for what he believes he’s worth. If that’s $40 million a season, that would surpass the next biggest contract, which is held by Wilson, by $5 million. That’s quite a jump.
You would think $40 million would be the starting point and Prescott and his representatives would work their way down from there. It wouldn’t surprise me if they try to pass Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff’s $110 million in guarantees too.
As I’ve referenced before, the best-case scenario for the Cowboys is if the former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year settles for $35 million per season. And the guarantees are very likely to lead the league as well. Prescott needs to set a new bar somehow.
No matter how you feel about Prescott, the quarterback market has him making a lot of money. Compare Goff to Prescott and you’ll see what I mean. Prescott leads Goff in passer rating, completion percentage, and threw fewer interceptions. Goff does, however, lead Dak in yards per game and touchdowns per game by a slight margin.
You can make a good case that Prescott is the better quarterback. Between that and the quarterback market, eclipsing Goff’s contract should be a no-brainer. That means the $33 million that was offered is a nice lowball attempt by the Cowboys.
It’s looking more and more likely that Prescott will at least tie for the most money in the league. That is until Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes signs his new contract.
Unfortunately for the Dallas Cowboys and their fans, Dak Prescott is getting the money he wants. And by what he wants, I mean a record-setting amount. And not $40 million a year. The question is for how long.
Is Dak Prescott worth the $35 million? Should he be paid less or more? Let me know what you think will happen in the comments section below.