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Dak Prescott has bold comment about his contract situation with Cowboys

Dak Prescott throws a pass in Cowboys warmups

Sep 11, 2022; Arlington, Texas, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) warms up before the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dak Prescott is entering the final year of his contract with the Dallas Cowboys, but the star quarterback insists he will be unfazed if he does not get a new deal.

Prescott spoke with reporters on Wednesday about the ongoing extension talks between his representatives and the Cowboys. The 30-year-old said he is solely focused on working with his teammates and confident the “business will take care of itself.” And if it doesn’t, that’s fine too.

Prescott said he has never been motivated by money. In fact, he says he would play for free if he had to.

“I don’t play for money. Never have, never cared for it, to be honest with you. Would give it up just to play this game,” Prescott said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “I allow that to the business people to say what it’s worth, what they’re supposed to give a quarterback of my play, a person of my play, leader of my play, I guess you could say. For me, it’s about controlling what I can control and handle that part and the rest will take care of itself.”

The market currently says Prescott is worth well over $50 million per year. His salary cap hit for 2024 is $55 million, but the average annual value of his current contract is $40 million. That is well below market value when Joe Burrow, Jared Goff, Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson and Jalen Hurts are all making more than $50 million per year. Five other quarterbacks also have higher salaries than Prescott.

Prescott is coming off an outstanding season in which he had 4,516 yards, 36 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He has indicated on more than one occasion that he does not necessarily want to be the highest-paid player in the NFL, but we highly doubt he will give the Cowboys too much of a discount. If he were willing to do that, he would probably have a new deal by now.

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