The Cowboys came into the offseason with major players on their roster looking for new deals. The first domino to fall would be DeMarcus Lawrence, who in April signed a 5 year 105 million dollar deal with 65 million guaranteed. Now however, the focus has shifted to their signal caller Dak Prescott who’s definitely on his way to securing the bag.
On Thursday, the floor and timeline for Prescott’s deal was reset, as fellow 2016 draftee and NFC East rival Carson Wentz signed a 4 year 128 million dollar extension with 107 million in guarantees. Some would say this is a big gamble to take on a guy who’s only completed one sixteen game season in three years, while not registering one playoff snap, despite having a Super Bowl ring to look at before bed every night, even if Nick Foles served it to him on a silver platter.
Nonetheless, Wentz’s deal is in the books and now we know where things start with Dak presumably, around 32 million per year.
It’s not like Prescott hasn’t done enough to garner a similar payday, with his 3 year career being pretty stacked with individual and team accomplishments. His 15 game-winning drives, 13 primetime wins and 19 rushing touchdowns are tops in the NFL for all quarterbacks since 2016 including the playoffs.
Winning isn’t everything it’s the only thing right? Well his 32 wins since his rookie year are only topped by Tom Brady’s 38.
Accuracy is a huge key in the long term success of a quarterback. Prescott’s 66.1 completion percentage is the highest for any quarterback in his first 3 years. Sprinkle in an Offensive Rookie of the Year and 2 NFC East titles and you have an extremely impressive start to a career for a fourth rounder, although it’s clear with these statistics he should’ve gone a lot higher.
Now the Cowboys find themselves in a situation where they’d probably like to get this deal done sooner than later. Why? Yet another 2016 draftee Jared Goff is also due for an extension. If his were to get done first, the floor for Prescott will rise even higher, somewhere in the neighborhood of the 35 mil per season, putting him on equal footing with Seattle’s Russell Wilson.
Teammate Amari Cooper is also up for a big payday. Assuming he gets extended first, that would free up more money for not only Prescott, but Ezekiel Elliott, Jaylon Smith and Byron Jones, who are all looking to cash in very soon.
Does signing Dak to a huge deal hurt the Cowboys long term? No
The Cowboys can free up more than 100 million in cap space for next offseason with extensions and restructures. Putting to bed all the outcry from misinformed fans about the organization not having funds to appease their most important players. There’s plenty of pie to go around, and big portions at that.
Prescott’s payday is rapidly approaching, he knows it and so do the Cowboys. It’s all about the chess match of negotiations at this point, crossing all the t’s and dotting all the I’s. Look for this blockbuster deal, that will make him the franchises new money king replacing DeMarcus Lawrence, to happen before training camp in late July.
The higher the check the bigger the expectations, especially at the quarterback position, and even more so in Dallas. I have no doubt that once he secures his financial future that Dak Prescott is more than capable of handling the pressure, and silencing the naysayers, as he’s done since his draft card was turned in.