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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott has ‘high’ expectations for upcoming season

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott is thinking big things entering the upcoming NFL season.

Prescott hosted his annual youth ProCamp at Northwest High School in Justin, Texas over the weekend. He spoke with Dallas Morning News reporter Jon Machota while he was there and said he had “high” expectations for the upcoming season.

“My expectations are high,” Prescott said, via Machota. “Not necessarily any ceiling on what I can do or what this team can do. It’s just been about work. Simply just working to get better in every aspect of my game, making sure my teammates are doing the same. We’re excited for the position we’re in.”

Prescott similarly told CBS Dallas Fort Worth that there was nothing other than themselves that could keep them from the Super Bowl.

Prescott is entering his fourth season in the league. He emerged as a rookie, throwing for 22 touchdowns and just 4 interceptions while the team went 13-3. He took a step back in his second year, but then he returned to form last season in his third year passing for 3,885 yards, 22 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He proved that as long as he has some quality receiving options, he can be successful, as he looked great once the team traded for Amari Cooper.

The big question surrounding Dak is his contract. He is set to make just over $2 million next season, his final year under contract. At last check, the two sides weren’t close on reaching a deal. He could be lined up to make some major money when he does sign.

Jason Witten raves about Dak Prescott’s improvement

Dak Prescott

Jason Witten and Dak Prescott spent two years together on the Dallas Cowboys before Witten’s short-lived retirement. It has, however, given Witten time away, and a different view of Prescott’s personal development.

On Wednesday, Witten had nothing but praise for Prescott, stating that the quarterback had improved since he last threw to Witten in 2017.

Witten played with Prescott during the quarterback’s impressive rookie season, in which he led Dallas to 13 wins. The tight end would be quite familiar with Witten’s development.

The feeling is mutual, as Prescott has said very similar things about Witten. If they’re both right, the Dallas offense could be an explosive unit in 2019, but training camp hasn’t even started yet and it’s still early.

Report: Cowboys, Dak Prescott not close on new contract

Dak Prescott

Dak Prescott is entering the final year of his rookie deal with the Dallas Cowboys, but it sounds like it could be a while before he gets a new contract.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo said Friday that the two sides are “really far apart” in negotiations, and the process could drag past the start of training camp.

“I thought this was going to take deeper into the summer. I thought we were looking at maybe the start of training camp,” Garafolo said. “It could be into training camp. Everything that I have been told by sources briefed on the talks is that both sides are really far apart at this point. It sounds like they’re just going to put a pin in it for a while and then revisit it.”

Prescott is in line for a very healthy raise, and as Garafolo notes, it makes sense for him to sign before the season to get that raise as quickly as possible. It sounds, however, like the two sides aren’t close on the numbers, and unless someone budges, this one may take a while.

Dallas Cowboys prioritizing Prescott, Cooper in contract talks

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The Dallas Cowboys have decided where their priorities lie when it comes to discussing contract extensions with their star players.

The Cowboys boast talent at their offensive skill positions in the forms of Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, and Ezekiel Elliott. The first two players are reportedly at the front of the line for extensions, though Dallas has also had contact with Elliott’s representatives about an extension as well, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero.

Prescott is the face of the franchise so it only makes sense the Cowboys would want to lock him up long term. Cooper established a rapport with Prescott and had 725 yards and six touchdowns in nine games after being traded from the Oakland Raiders. Elliott has become one of the NFL’s premier running backs.

Prescott is 25 years old and set to become a free agent after the season. The reports about how much money he could make are astounding. Cooper is 24 and also set to be a free agent after the year. He is making nearly $14 million in the upcoming season. Clarence Hill Jr. reported this week that contract talks with him are at a stalemate. Elliott is 23 and under team control through 2020, so the Cowboys are not in danger of losing him as soon as they could lose Prescott and Cooper.

That’s an impressive core to build an offense around. It will likely also be expensive. However, that will be money well spent if each can duplicate their 2018 production going forward.

Dak Prescott: Jason Witten has ‘definitely gotten better’

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Can a year away from football make you even better? One Dallas Cowboys player seems to think that’s happened to Jason Witten.

Witten, who spent a year in the Monday Night Football broadcast booth before returning to the Cowboys, is getting rave reviews from those working with him during the offseason. That now includes Dak Prescott, who thinks Witten has actually improved now from where he was upon retirement.

It’s a very similar review to the one he got from his head coach. There are no tempering expectations here — if the Cowboys are to be believed, Witten is going to be a big part of the offense, and already seems to be getting back up to speed.

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

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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

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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.