5 quarterback options if the Cowboys pass on Dak Prescott

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Here are five options if the Dallas Cowboys pass on Dak 0Prescott

Let’s make one thing clear from the very beginning. The Dallas Cowboys should absolutely sign quarterback Dak Prescott to a long-term deal as soon as they can this offseason. And if they don’t, then it’s a tragedy. The Cowboys could also choose to franchise tag Dak for the second year in a row at a cost nearing $38 million, which is less attractive and riskier.

With that out of the way, we have to acknowledge strange things can happen during contract negotiations. Feelings get hurt. Price tags go up. Pride will get in the way of making even the easiest of decisions. Bad juju can happen.

If for some unforeseen reason the Cowboys inexplicably decide not to re-sign Prescott or Dak decides he’d rather play elsewhere, what other options does Dallas have? Below, we’ve attempted to determine what the organization’s top five choices might be if they decide to pass on Dak Prescott completely in 2021.

#5. Andy Dalton, QB – Dallas Cowboys

What was unthinkable even a couple of weeks ago might have some legs now. That after a solid performance in a win against the Minnesota Vikings where backup quarterback Andy Dalton showed what he can do. Especially when he has decent protection and isn’t facing the Washington Football Team’s dominant defensive line without his top three offensive linemen.

In the case the Cowboys hit the ejection sit on a Prescott return, re-signing Dalton would be the most logical move. After all, the three-time Pro Bowler has been in this system for a year and has experience playing for this new coaching staff.

If Dalton can begin to stack positive performances together and, somehow, can lead the Cowboys on a playoff run, rumblings will certainly begin to surface. Now, that a lot of “ifs”, especially after this latest defeat.

Regardless, Dalton will be looking for a starting role in 2021 and he’s currently interviewing for his next gig through his play in Dallas. If there is an opening for the starting role under center for America’s Team this upcoming offseason, you have to figure Dalton has first dibs at getting the job.