Does the Dallas Cowboys quarterback qualify as elite?

Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /
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Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

This guy is our guy (until he isn’t)

Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers, Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders, Gardner Minshew, II – Jacksonville Jaguars, Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills

Carolina has no other option besides Bridgewater. The Raiders signed a former second-overall selection to back up Carr, while Jacksonville and Buffalo both have career backups in their familiar roles. If any of these four miss time, they will be at the top of the draft in 2021 looking to replace the aforementioned “starters.”

Riding off into the sunset?

Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers, Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts, Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions

All three have been around longer than a decade. All three have put up some big-time numbers. Only one has experienced post-season success and he is coming off serious injuries that could threaten his future. For all three of these franchises, they have one eye to the future while hoping these gunslingers have a few bullets left in their six-shooters.

The jury is still out

Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans, Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns, Sam Darnold – New York Jets, Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals, Daniel Jones – New York Giants

Tannehill just received $91 million guaranteed over four years this offseason after winning seven of his ten starts in the regular season and taking the Titans to the AFC Championship game. Of course, this is not to overshadow the fact that he still has posted a career record of 49-49.

Mayfield, Darnold, and Jones are all heading into their “sophomore” or “junior” years in the NFL, all with mixed reviews up to this moment. All four franchises are committed to these guys for at least the next two years.