Dallas Cowboys: 4 who will need a contract next offseason

Sean Lee, Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
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What lays ahead for the Dallas Cowboys’ 2021 offseason?

While NFL fans may be busier watching games during the season and waiting for something to happen during the offseason, general managers are hard at work throughout the year. The Dallas Cowboys are no exception.

The 2020 NFL offseason is wrapping up with the majority of the offseason moves already done. While the Cowboys still need to get quarterback Dak Prescott a new deal, they are heading into the 2020 season with their roster set. Let’s look at what Dallas has coming up for the 2021 offseason.

The Quarterback Needs to Get Paid

As of right now, Prescott is set to play the 2020 season under the franchise tag. This means that he needs a new contract that will extend him for the 2021 season and beyond.

If you thought this offseason was interesting, just wait. Dak’s contract will increase as the quarterback market increases. Then enters quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

He is set to make $24 million for the 2021 season through his fifth-year option. (Contract information courtesy of Spotrac.com) An extension for the Super Bowl MVP is what owner Jerry Jones should be nervous about.

Without a doubt, Mahomes is a generational player that is following in the steps of some of the best quarterbacks we have seen. Because of that, he will be paid top of the line money.

By any means necessary, Jerry Jones needs to make sure that Mahomes does not get his deal done before Dak does. Whatever Mahomes gets, Dak will likely want slightly less than that.

Other quarterbacks will need a new contract, such as Philip Rivers and Jameis Winston. I’m not too worried about them impacting Dak as they won’t fetch a heavy payday.

Dallas is very much better off giving Prescott the money he is asking for. But then the same question comes up, why haven’t they given Dak that money?

Between the new television deal that is expected to raise the cap, and the global pandemic that can lower the cap, maybe they are just trying to see what they have to work with first. Regardless the deal needs to be worked out sooner rather than later.