Another key member of the Dallas Cowboys could be receiving a lucrative contract extension in the not-so-distant future.
Last week, the Cowboys locked up star running back Ezekiel Elliott for the foreseeable future with the richest running back contract in NFL history. Elliott’s backfield mate, Dak Prescott, could soon be joining him.
Following Sunday’s season-opening win against the division rival New York Giants, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said a new deal for the team’s franchise quarterback was “imminent.”
Jerry Jones said he expects deal with Dak Prescott in “days.” Called it “imminent” but said he wouldn’t define imminent.
— Charean Williams (@NFLCharean) September 9, 2019
Prescott got his season off to a great start by completing 25-of-32 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns on the way to a perfect 158.3 quarterback rating. With Prescott, Elliott, and wide receiver Amari Cooper, the Cowboys have premier talent at the offensive skill positions. Jerry Jones is hoping to keep it that way for a while.
The Dallas Cowboys hoped to have Dak Prescott signed to a long-term contract extension prior to their season opener on Sunday, but it does not appear they are going to accomplish that goal. However, the quarterback may not be feeling as much urgency to lock down a new deal as some believe.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Prescott currently makes more money in endorsements — roughly $50 million — than some starting NFL quarterbacks earn. Those endorsement deals are in place for years, and Prescott also has hefty loss of value and insurance policies that protect him against a career-threatening injury. For those reasons, Prescott has not felt any pressure to sign a new deal with the Cowboys unless he is completely satisfied with the terms.
The Cowboys will undoubtedly use the franchise tag on Prescott next offseason if they can’t come to a long-term agreement before then, so the team has some flexibility. As Schefter notes, teams would also have the ability to apply both the franchise tag and transition tag to two different players next year if there is no extension to the collective bargaining agreement before the start of the 2020 season. Dallas has two other key players — wide receiver Amari Cooper and cornerback Byron Jones — who are also scheduled to become free agents.
Now that Ezekiel Elliott has signed a long-term deal, the Cowboys are in a good position heading into the season. While Prescott reportedly turned down a significant amount of money from them already, there has been no indication that he will hold out next offseason even if he does not have a new deal in place.
The Dallas Cowboys got one big contract extension done this week, but they don’t want to be done yet.
According to executive vice president Stephen Jones, the Cowboys are engaged in talks with the agent of quarterback Dak Prescott. Dallas remains hopeful that a new deal can be struck by Week 1.
Stephen Jones says he has an ongoing dialogue with Dak Prescott's agent. They are still holding out hope they can get a deal done on Sunday.
— 105.3 The FAN (@1053thefan) September 6, 2019
The 26-year-old quarterback is entering the final year of his rookie deal. He’s coming off a season in which he threw for 3,885 yards, with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
It’s a short and ambitious timeframe, but negotiations have been ongoing. Prescott reportedly turned down a significant sum of money earlier in the offseason.
The news comes in the wake of the Cowboys handing out a huge contract to a teammate. Perhaps Prescott has that in mind as he negotiates with Dallas.
Dak Prescott is giving the Dallas Cowboys’ defense the ultimate endorsement.
Prescott has spoken highly of the Cowboys’ defense throughout training camp. He continued to praise them after they shut out the Houston Texans during the team’s 34-0 preseason win on Saturday night, calling them “tough.”
Dak Prescott on Aug. 4: "This defense is good. They're going to frustrate me, they're going to frustrate a bunch of quarterbacks we play throughout the season."
Dak last night: "I told y'all that. They're tough. … It's exciting to be on their side, I'll just put it like that." https://t.co/afnGSmRSCX
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 26, 2019
As reporter Jon Machota shared, the Cowboys’ starting defense has played eight series during the preseason and forced one fumble and six punts. The touchdown they allowed came off a turnover.
If they are good enough to give Prescott and the Dallas offense fits, chances are they will prove to be trouble for the rest of the league. That would be a continuation of last year’s trend where the defense ranked sixth in points allowed and seventh in yards. The only thing that might really hold them back this year is Ezekiel Elliott’s contract situation.
Dak Prescott has dealt with plenty of distractions throughout training camp. He, Ezekiel Elliott and Amari Cooper all have contract matters the Dallas Cowboys need to address. Elliott has been in Mexico during his training camp holdout. Prescott has been in camp, though he’s been faced with plenty of questions and rumors.
During Saturday’s preseason game against the Houston Texans, Prescott conducted an interview on the sidelines and was asked how he maintains focus amid the distractions.
“I love this game, and there’s so much that the game of football brings with itself. If you give your focus and all your attention to that, it’s easy to block all the other stuff out. It doesn’t meant anything; it’s just a distraction. I control my destiny, I control what I do, and that’s what it’s about for me,” Prescott said.
Prescott, who at just over $2 million salary this season, is one of the biggest bargains in the league. He is in the final season of his rookie contract and reportedly seeking at least $30 million. One report saying he wanted $40 million led to ridicule from many, which isn’t easy for any player to handle.
The 26-year-old former fourth-round draft pick has thrown for 67 touchdowns and 25 interceptions during his NFL career. The Cowboys have gone 32-16 over his three seasons as a starter.
The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott have not been able to come to an agreement on a contract for the quarterback, but that’s not due to a lack of confidence from the team in Prescott’s ability.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke about Prescott’s contract status. The owner said the Cowboys do not doubt what Dak can do, unlike others who say he is not worthy of being paid like a top-tier QB.
“Again, coming up on the money is really not that issue with Dak,” Jones said via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “A lot of people question whether Dak is one of the guys who need to be in the top tier. I have never questioned that. That is what this is showing you. I don’t think there is any doubt that he is at the top level of paid quarterbacks. There is no question in my mind about that. Now how we make this all fit to have the best team around him, that is what we are trying to work on.”
A report just over a week ago said Prescott turned down a contract offer from the Cowboys that would have paid him over $30 million per season. Terms of the offer, such as the ever-important issue of guaranteed money, were not reported. That was followed up by a report saying Prescott was seeking $40 million, though that report was shot down.
The Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr. says there is “no question” Prescott turned down a deal from the Cowboys for $30 million per season.
Prescott, who was taken in the fourth round by the Cowboys in 2016, is set to make just over $2 million this season, making him one of the biggest bargains in the league. However, he’s set to be a free agent after the season, and the Cowboys would prefer to work out a long-term deal with him.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is playing hardball over his new contract and was willing to turn down $30 million, but now we know what he actually wants.
According to Jane Slater of NFL Network, Prescott is seeking $40 million annually from the Cowboys, which would comfortably make him the NFL’s highest-paid quarterback in terms of annual value.
I can confirm reports that QB Dak Prescott has, in fact, turned down 30M a year offer and is instead seeking 40M a year per source informed. #Cowboys
— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) August 12, 2019
ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, however, reported that this was false by any standard.
Source says report that Cowboys QB Dak Prescott wants $40M per year is all-caps false, under new-money standard or total value at signing analysis.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 12, 2019
The $30 million average annual salary would have put Prescott in the top five of NFL quarterback salaries, tied with Atlanta’s Matt Ryan.
Dallas is in a tough spot contract-wise. They have three key offensive players who either want or need new deals, and Dallas has reportedly made competitive offers for all of them. This report would seem to bear that out — $30 million would certainly count as solid offer for Prescott, even if he doesn’t want it.