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Dak Prescott looks sharp in video posted by trainer

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott’s recovery from the fractured ankle he suffered last season appears to be right on schedule.

In a video posted by quarterback trainer Damian Devon, Prescott is seen practicing quick screens. Notably, he is planting firmly on his right foot, which is where he suffered the injury.

It’s a small step, but it’s nice to see Prescott throwing. It’s also good to see him putting emphasis on his right ankle without any apparent issue.

The Cowboys will be counting on Prescott to recapture his old form after the ankle injury. That’s certainly what they’ll be paying him for. They will have monitored his rehab progress closely, and this video should only serve to make them feel optimistic.

Jerry Jones suggests he’s okay overpaying for Dak Prescott

Jerry Jones

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones seems to think he overpaid for Dak Prescott, and he’s okay with that.

Jones suggested at a press conference announcing Prescott’s extension that he had overpaid, and Prescott may have gotten the better of him in negotiations, but added that he wasn’t particularly bothered by it.

This is pretty classic Jones, and kind of a backhanded compliment. Still, it’s quite clear what the owner thinks of Prescott. The Cowboys committed a lot of money to the quarterback despite him coming off a dislocated ankle.

Jones has been steadfastly backing Prescott even since that injury. Prescott knows that. Sure, it’s the kind of thing that’s a bit strange to say out loud, but that’s Jones for you.

Jimmy Johnson shares honest take on Dak Prescott’s contract

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys signed Dak Prescott to a record contract this week, signaling that they firmly believe he is a franchise cornerstone and elite quarterback. Hall of Famer Jimmy Johnson does not sound convinced about the latter.

Johnson shared some of his thoughts on Prescott’s four-year, $160 million deal during an appearance on “The Herd With Colin Cowherd” on Tuesday. He praised Prescott for being a great leader who gets guys to play hard, but he was hesitant to say Dak is the type of player who can put the team on his back.

“I think he’s a great leader for the team. I think the team really rallies around him, so he’s a positive influence there,” Johnson said. “Before the injury, he could make plays with his legs and run the football. He fit into their system. He has had problems at times being inaccurate. But with that receiving corps, he gets people open.

“I think he can win a championship if he has great players around him. I don’t think Dak can carry a football team if he doesn’t have great players around him.”

Johnson made the comments in response to Cowherd calling Dak a “good player who got a great contract.”

You could make the argument that no quarterback can carry a team without great players surrounding him. Tom Brady is a perfect example of that. Brady just won his seventh Super Bowl and is the greatest football player of all time, but his last season with the New England Patriots ended with a first-round playoff exit. He then signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and immediately led them to a title. The biggest difference between the two teams was the talent around the quarterback.

Prescott’s contract includes a no-trade clause and record $126 million guaranteed. No one would argue he’s the next Brady or as good as Patrick Mahomes, but that is the market for a top-tier starting quarterback. We may see a similar deal soon for another Pro Bowler who showed this year that he needs a strong supporting cast.

You can hear Johnson’s full remarks below:

Dak Prescott’s father had cool quote about son’s big contract

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott has gone from being a fourth-round draft pick to being one of the most highly-paid NFL players. His father Nat has seen his son’s whole development and thinks it’s something special.

According to Nat, he raised Dak as a Cowboys fan. Dak grew up with the goal from an early age of wanting to be the Cowboys’ starting quarterback. That dream came true in 2016.

Now it’s all come together for the Prescott family. Dak got his $160 million deal over four years from Dallas. He and his brother, Tad, celebrated with a big hug. This is a big change from how Tad felt about the Cowboys back in July.

Now it will be up to Dak to return strongly from his injury and prove the Cowboys were right for giving him that money.

Cool photo shows Dak Prescott’s reaction to new contract

Dak Prescott

After a year on the franchise tag and more uncertainty this offseason, Dak Prescott’s long-term future is finally sorted.

Prescott agreed to a four-year, $160 million deal with the Cowboys on Monday, a day before the deadline for teams to franchise tag players. The contract ensures that the tag won’t be a worry for Prescott. The contract suggests Prescott will be with Dallas through at least the 2024 season.

Prescott’s brother, Tad, posted an awesome picture of himself and Dak embracing after the Cowboys quarterback received word that the deal had been finalized.

There were definitely moments where this didn’t look certain to happen. Prescott fractured his ankle in Week 5 of last season, but the Cowboys remained committed to getting a deal done. Even as rumors about Prescott’s long-term future swirled, both parties made clear that they wanted to get a contract done. Prescott has to be feeling incredibly relieved now that it’s happened.

Cowboys, Dak Prescott reach agreement on $160 million deal

Dak Prescott

Dallas, we have a deal.

The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott have finally reached agreement on a contract. The contract is for a whopping $160 million over four years, with $126 million guaranteed. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the deal includes a no-trade clause.

The news comes less than a day before the deadline for teams to franchise tag players.

Dallas used its franchise tag on Prescott last year and paid him $31.4 million. The 27-year-old quarterback suffered a serious leg injury in Week 5 and missed most of the season.

Still, Dallas wanted to keep Prescott. If the sides were unable to reach a long-term agreement, the quarterback would have made $37.7 million in 2021.

A fourth-round pick in 2016, Prescott has passed for 17,634 yards, 106 touchdowns and 40 interceptions over five seasons in the NFL.

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Report: Dak Prescott, Cowboys making progress in contract talks

Dak Prescott

NFL teams have until Tuesday afternoon to assign the franchise tag to players, and the Dallas Cowboys are expected to use theirs on Dak Prescott. Unless, of course, they sign the star quarterback to a long-term extension in the next 24 hours or so.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, there is at least a chance of that happening. Rapoport said on Monday that there is a certain “positivity” surrounding contract talks between Prescott and the Cowboys that did not exist a year ago. The belief, as of now, is that the two sides will reach an agreement at some point in the coming weeks.

“Based on the conversations I’ve had, there’s some positivity here regarding the Dak Prescott talks that didn’t seem like it was there last year,” Rapoport said.

That is obviously a good sign, though it should be noted that there were some optimistic reports last year before Prescott and the Cowboys failed to reach an agreement. We also heard roughly two weeks ago that not much progress was being made. Perhaps Tuesday’s deadline has motivated both sides.

If the Cowboys do end up using the franchise tag on Prescott, they would have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.

There was one major holdup in contract talks between Prescott and the Cowboys last year. Prescott is still recovering from a major leg injury that ended his 2020 season after just five games.

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Report: Cowboys’ Dak Prescott talks are moving in ‘positive direction’

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys need to get a long-term deal done with quarterback Dak Prescott this offseason, and it sounds like efforts to do so are going better than they did a year ago.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Prescott and the Cowboys have made “some progress” and are moving in a “positive direction.” Perhaps most importantly, Rapoport notes that talks are moving more smoothly than they ever did in 2020, a process which ended with Prescott playing under the franchise tag.

Notably, Rapoport says the Cowboys will tag Prescott if they must, but hope it doesn’t come to that again.

The Cowboys know there may be consequences if they don’t get a long-term contract done with their quarterback. That’s a huge motivating factor, and it’s probably a reason why things are going better now than they did a year ago.

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Dak Prescott, Cowboys making progress in contract talks?

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott may finally be making some progress in contract talks.

The Cowboys have until March 9 to decide whether they will place the franchise tag on Prescott for the 2021 season. The franchise tag for 2021 would pay Prescott $37.7 million.

The Cowboys are hoping to sign Prescott to long-term deal prior to the franchise tag deadline, and there is some progress being made in their talks, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Calvin Watkins.

That is a good sign considering as of a week ago, there reportedly had not been any progress. Maybe all that was needed was an approaching deadline to spur things into action.

Even if the Cowboys and Prescott don’t reach a deal by March 9, they would still have a chance to keep negotiating. If Dallas franchise-tags Prescott, the two sides would then have until July 15 to reach a long-term deal.

Prescott played under the franchise tag last season after the sides were unable to reach a deal, largely due to a dispute over the amount of years on the contract. The 27-year-old is recovering from a major leg injury that ended his 2020 season after just five games.

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Cowboys reportedly find this trade rumor to be ‘laughable’

Dak Prescott

Russell Wilson has given the Seattle Seahawks a short list of teams to which he would accept a trade, and the Dallas Cowboys are one of those teams. Naturally, that has led to a lot of speculation about Wilson potentially being traded for Dak Prescott. According to one report, that is not going to happen.

Jane Slater of NFL Network says she spoke with a Cowboys source who called it “laughable” to suggest a Prescott-Wilson swap is realistic. Slater listed several reasons why the idea is so farfetched, with one of them being that there is some tension between the Cowboys and Seahawks when it comes to trades.

Seattle would reportedly want at least three first-round picks for Wilson. That price could, in theory, be lower for the Cowboys in a potential trade involving Prescott, but there’s been no indication that either side is interested.

The Seahawks would be left with a dead cap hit of $39 million if they trade Wilson this offseason. While we recently got a better idea of just how icy things have gotten between Wilson and the team, we would bet against any blockbuster trade this offseason.

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