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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Dak Prescott

Stephen Jones wants Dak Prescott to know being a Cowboy has lots of value

Dak Prescott

Stephen Jones, the Dallas Cowboys’ executive vice president, started the public game of negotiating contracts for Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper with comments made after the team’s golf outing on Wednesday. According to Jon Machota, Jones referenced not wanting to “max out” on the contracts for either player, touting the benefits of being able to pay other good players if those upcoming free agents will play nice and take a little less. These comments just so happen to come shortly after a report that Dallas could pay Prescott more than $30 million per year.

Jones is putting this out there to put public pressure on Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, as well as Ezekiel Elliott, to provide team-friendly deals. Prescott and Cooper are both free agents after the 2019 season. The Cowboys already exercised the fifth-year option on Elliott, which would keep him under contract through the 2020 season.

Jones played the “there are lots of benefits to being a Dallas Cowboy” card, trying to publicly put out there that if they take deals that are not what they could get elsewhere, they could still make it up eventually.

“And we all know what happens, you look at the TV booths and look at what these players do off the field,” Jones said. “If we can put Super Bowl rings on these guys, they’ll be legends around this area for many, many, many years to come.”

Basically, Jones is saying that the Cowboys are so popular and make so much money that they shouldn’t have to pay the same deal as other teams, because those players can make money elsewhere. It’s doubtful that will be convincing for Prescott. He has been one of the biggest values at QB in recent years, but has spent three seasons getting paid well below starters on the team and well below what even backup quarterbacks are making around the league. He is likely ready for his time to earn what he is owed.

Report: Dak Prescott to get $30 million per year or more from Cowboys

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys are hoping to sign Dak Prescott to an extension before his current contract expires following the 2019 season, and they are apparently willing to make him one of the five highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL in order to get a deal done.

Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Cowboys are planning to make Prescott the highest-paid player in franchise history, and they have made progress on a deal that would pay him $30 million or more per year. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said during an appearance on “The Rich Eisen Show” Monday that he is “confident” a deal will get done with Prescott.

Hill also reports that the Cowboys want to sign wide receiver Amari Cooper to an extension, but they have made more progress in talks with Prescott and found Cooper’s initial demands to be “shockingly high.”

The Seattle Seahawks recently signed Russell Wilson to the richest deal in NFL history, and that contract will pay him an average of $35 million per year. Ben Roethlisberger’s new deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers averages $34 million annually, and Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan are the next highest-paid at the position with $33.5 million and $30 million, respectively.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones seemed to hint recently that the Cowboys are hoping Prescott signs a reasonable deal so they can build a contender around him, but anything approaching or surpassing $30 million a year would be market value for a top quarterback.

Ranking the 10 most valuable quarterbacks in 2019

Patrick Mahomes

Who are the most valuable quarterbacks in 2019? To answer that question, I looked at both performance (or projected performance) and the salary commitment for the team. Getting great play out of a quarterback with the highest salary in the league is good. Getting great play out of a quarterback who is paid like many backups is way better. Here are my choices for the best quarterback values based on both contract and performance.

10) Philip Rivers, Chargers

Philip Rivers is getting just over $20 million per year with the Chargers. The four guys just in front of him in annual salary average are Alex Smith, Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, and Nick Foles. That list of names is a good illustration of why Rivers makes this list. Even at 37, he’s still among the best eight or so quarterbacks in the league and has consistently been an underrated performer in the league. Last season he passed for 32 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions while leading the Chargers to a 12-4 season.


Dak Prescott has motivational message for Kyler Murray ahead of draft

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott knows plenty about analysts and fans questioning whether or not his game will translate to the NFL level, and the Dallas Cowboys star feels that helps him relate to Kyler Murray. Heading into the draft next week, Prescott appears to be keeping a close eye on the Heisman Trophy winner’s future.

On Sunday, the Oklahoma football team shared a video that featured a motivational message from Prescott to Murray.

While the concerns about Murray’s size and style of play are similar to the ones we heard about Prescott coming out of Mississippi State, Murray has a good chance to be the top overall pick in the draft. Prescott hung around until the fourth round, and he has turned out to be a tremendous value pick for Dallas. That is not going to happen with Murray.

It would be hard for the No. 1 pick in the draft to play the underdog card. Though there have been at least some concerns about him tumbling down draft boards, Murray is going to have a lot different feel surrounding him on Thursday than Prescott had around him back in 2016.

Cowboys VP expects to negotiate fair, flexible deal with Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott

At some point, the Dallas Cowboys know they will have to sit down and negotiate a long-term deal with quarterback Dak Prescott, and the team is optimistic they can pay him fairly while also giving themselves room to build a good team around him.

Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said the team wants to pay Prescott “fairly,” but also hinted that the team wants to find a deal that allows them flexibility to improve in other departments.

Prescott isn’t the only Cowboy who may be in line for a new contract this summer. It sounds like Jones is laying the groundwork for negotiations that have not yet commenced, but will at some point in the relatively near future.

Report: Neighbor lost part of finger in Dak Prescott dog bite incident

Dak Prescott

A neighbor lost part of her finger due to a bite from one of Dak Prescott’s dogs, according to court documents.

One of Prescott’s two pitbulls was seized by police in Frisco, Texas on Feb. 25 after an incident in the neighborhood. According to police, Prescott’s dogs escaped the Dallas Cowboys quarterback’s house while he was not home. The dogs then apparently broke down a neighbor’s fence and began fighting with the neighbor’s dogs. When the neighbor, a woman, tried to intervene, she says she was bitten by one of the dogs and lost part of her right ring finger.

“They’ve broken down my fence and they’re in the backyard. They bit off my finger,” the woman said in a 911 call.

A court document says the woman will undergo two weeks of treatment. The document also notes that animal services had twice previously warned the Prescott household about the dogs escaping and being loose in the neighborhood.

The dog that allegedly bit the neighbor was put into a 10-day quarantine at the Collin County Animal Shelter. There will be a hearing on March 20 to determine whether the dog is “dangerous.”

The Texas Health and Safety Code Sec. 822.041 defines a “dangerous dog” as a dog that:

(A) makes an unprovoked attack on a person that causes bodily injury and occurs in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own; or (B) commits unprovoked acts in a place other than an enclosure in which the dog was being kept and that was reasonably certain to prevent the dog from leaving the enclosure on its own and those acts cause a person to reasonably believe that the dog will attack and cause bodily injury to that person.

The dog could be put down depending on the outcome of the hearing.

Angry Dak Prescott calls loss to Colts ‘wake-up call’

Dak Prescott

The Dallas Cowboys’ five-game win streak was snapped in ugly fashion on Sunday with a 23-0 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, and it’s fair to say there’s some anger over how bad it got.

Quarterback Dak Prescott was extremely critical of how his team performed, calling the defeat a “wake-up call” that “pisses everybody off.”

The Cowboys are still pacing the NFC East with an 8-6 record and are favored to win it. However, it’s easy to forget this team was 3-5 at one point and has won just two of their seven road games. There’s no doubt that Jerry Jones is still feeling confident in his team, but Sunday was a reminder of what their shortcomings can be.