All signs point to the Dallas Cowboys signing Dak Prescott to a contract extension this offseason. Prescott has considerable leverage over the organization thanks to his no-trade and no-tag clauses, as well as his league-high $59 million cap hit.
The idea that the Cowboys can't or won't trade Prescott is misguided, however. Prescott would have to lift the no-trade clause for a trade to materialize, but Dallas backed itself into this corner by delaying Prescott's initial extension.
We endorse extending Prescott, but we understand trepidation fans might have in giving him over $50 million per year after another playoff letdown. Would it behoove the Cowboys to simply hit the rest button?
There's also the fact that Micah Parsons' brother and CeeDee Lamb's mom have taken personal shots at Prescott on social media. Might Dak submit a trade request to free himself of the constant ridicule from fans, the media and now family members of teammates?
Who knows, but there are realistic trade partners out there for the Cowboys.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers are a tricky one. Despite getting lackluster quarterback play from Kenny Pickett, Mitchell Trubisky and Mason Rudolph over the last two years, they continue to qualify for the playoffs and finish .500 or better.
That's a testament to Mike Tomlin's coaching and Tomlin annoucned he'll be back for an 18th season after speculation that he'd take a year off.
The Steelers roster is begging to be taken over by a competent QB and Prescott will likely finish second in MVP voting this season. The kicker is that Pittsburgh is projected to be $15.6 million over the cap once the new league year starts.
That could change quickly, though, assuming they restructure some contracts and make some post-June 1 cuts. For example, cutting Allen Robinson would free up $10 million. Long story short, they can afford to give Prescott a new deal.
Playing in the AFC North would represent a stiff challenge for Prescott, but between Diontae Johnson, George Pickens, Najee Harris, Jaylen Warren and Pat Freiermuth, Dak would have no shortage of weapons and the defense plays at a high level whenever T.J. Watt is healthy.
It'd be weird seeing Prescott in black and gold, but it's hard to deny that the Steelers are a realistic landing spot for the QB if it comes to that.