The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott have been circling a long-term contract for the past two years. Like two heavyweight fighters circling in the ring, both the team and the player’s representatives have held their ground when it came to what each valued in a potential extension. Now, both sides have dropped the gloves.
According to various reports, the Cowboys and Prescott have agreed to a four-year, $160 million deal. The new contract is reportedly worth up to a max of $164 million and guarantees the 27-year old quarterback at least $126 million. Dak’s signing bonus of $66 million is reportedly the highest in NFL history.
Prescott will make an average of $42 million over the first three years of the new deal. Yet, he’ll only count $22.2 million against the salary cap this season because of two voidable years added to the end of the contract.
Last season, the Cowboys and Prescott couldn’t agree to terms on a new deal. That resulted in the then-fourth-year passer playing on the exclusive franchise tag. Prescott was paid $31.4 million to play in Dallas on a one-year deal in 2020.
Unfortunately, a devastating ankle injury ended Prescott’s season prematurely in Week Five. And the injury also complicated contract negotiations following two surgeries to correct it. Yet, the two sides never seemed to waver from the idea of a new deal eventually getting done in Dallas.
Literally years in the making, the news of the newly agreed-upon contract by both Prescott and the Cowboys lit up social media sites like Twitter. Numerous media members along with several current and former players, and of course, fans reacted to the breaking news. Below we’ve gathered some of the best tweets in response to Dak’s new deal in Big D.
With the news that a new long-term deal has been struck between the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott, America’s Team can finally focus on the business of addressing the other various needs across their roster in an attempt to rebound from a disappointing 6-10 season.