Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will once again try to negotiate a long-term contract this offseason, but they may still have quite a ways to go in negotiations.
Michael Lombardi of The Athletic discussed Prescott’s contract situation during an appearance on 105.3 The Fan’s “Shan and RJ” show on Wednesday. He does not think the Cowboys will be able to sign Prescott to a long-term deal if they offer anything less than $40 million per year.
“I think giving him what he wants is really going to be a challenge,” Lombardi said.”(Prescott’s agent) Todd France isn’t going to admit Patrick Mahomes is better than Dak, even though he is. He’s not going to admit that Deshaun Watson is better than Dak, even though he is. … Because of the situation, the market is so that it’s no longer who’s better and who deserves more, it’s who can get more. I think that unless Jerry (Jones) and Stephen (Jones) are willing to get in that $40 million a year range near Deshaun Watson, they really don’t have much more that they can do.”
Mahomes is currently the highest-paid quarterback in football at $45 million per year. There’s a significant drop-off after that to Deshaun Watson, whose average annual salary is $39 million. The belief is that Prescott will want his contract to be somewhere between those two.
The Cowboys have the option of using the franchise tag on Prescott again, but they would have to pay him $37.7 million in 2021 if he plays under it. That is not ideal for a team that is expected to be tight on salary cap space. Lombardi noted that the cap situation may be Prescott’s best leverage in contract talks.
It was reported last year that Prescott and the Cowboys only disagreed over the length of a potential long-term deal. However, it sounds like money is at least somewhat of an issue.
One former NFL quarterback recently explained why he thinks Prescott should give the Cowboys a hometown discount, but that seems unlikely to happen with where things currently stand.
The Dallas Cowboys will once again try to sign Dak Prescott to a long-term contract this offseason. But even if they fail to reach an agreement, the quarterback is not leaving the team.
The Cowboys will use the franchise tag on Prescott for a second straight season if need be, Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network report. The goal, however, is to sign Prescott to a long-term deal prior to the March 9 deadline for assigning the franchise tag.
One source of motivation for the Cowboys to get a deal done as soon as possible is the salary cap situation. The salary cap is expected to decrease in 2021, which has left many teams strapped. Prescott would earn $37.7 million in 2021 if he is franchise tagged again. A long-term contract could be structured in a way that alleviates some of that this offseason.
The Cowboys reportedly have no concerns about Prescott’s surgically repaired ankle. The 27-year-old actually underwent a second surgery after more damage was revealed from a previous injury, but his recovery has gone well.
Despite how gruesome Prescott’s ankle injury looked, there has been no indication that he will have any limitations in 2021.
One former NFL quarterback explained this week why he believes Prescott should give the Cowboys a hometown discount. We would be surprised if that happens, however.
Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will resume contract talks this offseason, and one former NFL quarterback believes Prescott should consider giving the team a hometown discount.
Carson Palmer said during a Thursday appearance on 105.3 The Fan that Prescott should consider taking less money from the Cowboys than he would from another team. His logic is that there are plenty of other ways to generate income when you play for America’s team, so Prescott would benefit from allowing Dallas to spend money elsewhere.
“I love Dak’s game. I think he’s great. I think he shouldn’t shoot for the moon (on his next contract),” Palmer said. “Being the Dallas Cowboys quarterback, there’s a lot that comes with that financially. So, you don’t have to be the top-paid quarterback in the league. You can make as much as the top-paid quarterback in the league when you’re the Dallas Cowboys quarterback if you do take less.”
Palmer pointed to endorsement opportunities and the fact that so many former Cowboys players — most notably Troy Aikman and Tony Romo — have landed jobs in television.
“You’ve seen Dak on tons of commercials and endorsements,” Palmer said. “You can make that same top-tier money if you’re Dak and you take a little bit less, and you keep all the players around you within the salary cap structure.”
The flip side to that argument is that Prescott is a franchise quarterback, and the Cowboys certainly have the means to compensate him accordingly. Though, there is some merit to what Palmer said. Tom Brady signed below-market contracts with the New England Patriots for years, which allowed them to almost always field a competitive team around him.
The Cowboys were a disaster without Prescott this season. One former Cowboys player issued a warning to Jerry Jones after Prescott went down with an ankle injury, but the Jones family understands how important Prescott is to the team. It would be a surprise if the two sides can’t come to an agreement for a second straight year.
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Dak Prescott has not been able to help his Dallas Cowboys teammates on the field since he suffered a gruesome ankle injury over two months ago, the star quarterback is doing his best to hook them up in other ways.
Prescott hooked his teammates up with a pretty awesome Christmas gift this year. He got them Segway go carts.
That was a nice gesture from Prescott, who has not signed a long-term deal with the Cowboys but shouldn’t exactly be strapped for cash. The 27-year-old is making more than $31 million under the franchise tag this season.
The Cowboys are known for giving each other some pretty great gifts at Christmas time. Prescott’s go carts look like a lot of fun, but it’s tough to compete with what Ezekiel Elliott bought for his offensive linemen a few years ago.
The Dallas Cowboys have desperately needed Ezekiel Elliott to step up this season with Dak Prescott out, and the star running back has not answered the call. Marcus Spears feels that is further proof that the team made a mistake by giving Elliott a massive contract and letting Prescott play under the franchise tag.
Spears, who played for the Cowboys for almost his entire career before going on to work at ESPN, said on Tuesday’s edition of “Get Up!” that it infuriates him that Jerry Jones paid Elliott and still has not hammered out a long-term deal with Prescott.
“It further p—es me off. We’re talking about Zeke Elliott getting his money after going to Cabo and Dak Prescott still doesn’t have his check. It is crazy to me that that is transpiring,” Spears said.
Spears was referring to how Elliott held out prior to the 2019 season and trained on his own in Mexico. The Cowboys eventually gave him a six-year, $90 million deal.
Elliott has only one game this season in which he has rushed for more than 100 yards. He’s still on pace for more than 1,000 yards, but he’s averaging a career-worst 3.9 yards per carry. Spears said a running back earning an average of $15 million per season should be able to overcome the obstacles Dallas has faced.
“Zeke was supposed to be the shining armor with everything that transpired. He was supposed to overcome the offensive line (problems),” Spears said. “I know it’s a tough situation for Zeke Elliott, but he was supposed to be the mainstay and the catalyst around the turmoil that’s going on in that franchise right now. He’s not living up to it.”
You can hear Spears’ full remarks below:
Spears played for the Cowboys for eight seasons, and this is far from the first time he has blasted them on the air. He also went off on a Dallas player over some boneheaded remarks earlier this season.
Elliott is still one of the best running backs in the NFL, but his down season is a reminder that even the elite players struggle when their teams are unbalanced.
The Dallas Cowboys have insisted that Dak Prescott’s season-ending ankle injury will not impact contract negotiations between the team and quarterback, but that does not mean the two sides are any closer to a deal.
Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones was asked about Prescott’s contract during his appearance on 105.3 The Fan Wednesday. He confirmed previous reports that the issue has been the length of the contract.
“Our issues in our negotiations with Dak have been that we’re wanting to be more committed, in terms of the (number of years). We’re not nervous to sign Dak,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “His makeup is all the right things. He’s a great leader. He’s a great player.”
Even if the Cowboys are not worried about Prescott’s recovery from his ankle injury, that does not mean the two sides will come to a long-term agreement this offseason. One report claimed Dallas is prepared to use the franchise tag on Prescott again, which would pay him nearly $40 million if he plays under it for a second consecutive year in 2021.
Prescott is expected to make a full recovery in time for next offseason, despite how gruesome his ankle injury looked. There were indications that he and the Cowboys were not that far off in contract talks a few months ago, which could make negotiations a bit less complicated this time.
The news on Dak Prescott’s recovery from his ankle fracture continues to be overwhelmingly positive.
The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was spotted at Friday’s practice, according to Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News. Prescott is considered ahead of schedule in his rehab, and was able to walk and move around with the aid of a crutch.
It has been 54 days since Prescott underwent surgery, the same day he suffered the injury in a game against the New York Giants. He will not return this season under any circumstances, but even seeing him attending practice as an observer this soon after the injury can only be a good sign. It’s also evidence that these reports about Prescott’s recovery likely have some truth to them.
Prescott is on the franchise tag for 2020. That means he’ll be a free agent after the season, but the positive recovery news will reassure the Cowboys that he’s still worth investing in.
Dak Prescott opened up about the difficulties of his season-ending injury.
Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocated ankle against the New York Giants in Week 5. He is trying to work his way back but knows there is a long road ahead.
In NFL.com’s Pepsi Rookie Roundtable, Prescott talked about what it’s like being out for the season. He feels badly because he knows the Cowboys need him. He says being out is “tough.”
“As my career just in a snapshot, I’ve been able to play every level of my career because the guy in front of me has gotten injured,” Prescott said. “So I know what it means to be ready, to stay ready in case a guy gets injured in front of you. And now to be that guy that’s injured, for the first time in my career, I’m missing the rest of the season. It’s different. It’s tough.”
Prescott also talked about how setting small goals for himself helps guide him through his rehab process.
“For me, as I talk about the mental capacity, it’s about creating and making small victories. Each and every day, when I wake up and I go in for rehab, it’s about, for me, seeing my leg or seeing my body do something that it didn’t do the day before or creating a feeling that I didn’t have the day before — so I know that I’m continuing to get better. And at the end of the day, I know my team needs me. I know that they need me now for support but they’ll need me again later, so it’s about helping them, whichever way that I can and however I can.
“It’s about being right mentally and then counting those small victories.”
Prescott seems to have a great attitude through his rehab process. That could explain why he reportedly is making “amazing” progress.
The 27-year-old passed for 1,856 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions this season, with three rushing touchdowns. He was playing this season on the franchise tag, so his contract situation will be something to follow.
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Tragedy struck the Dallas Cowboys this week when strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul died at the age of 54. Dak Prescott is among the players who had a close relationship with Paul, and the quarterback made that clear on social media.
Prescott shared a tribute to Paul on his Instagram Thursday.
“Thank you for Everything Coach! I’ll never understand this one, But you taught me so much and provided so many laughs I’m forever thankful for and will never forget. Like Your great friend @coachtomshaw told me, when you go to the garden to pick flowers, You always go and pick the best and the brightest. Same as our Lord.
Until Next Time Peanut! Love you Coach,” Prescott wrote.
The Cowboys canceled practice on Tuesday after Paul was taken to the hospital, where he was placed on life support. The team announced on Wednesday that he has died.
Paul had been with the Cowboys since 2018 and worked as a strength coach for 22 years. He played in the NFL for five seasons, mostly with the Chicago Bears and briefly with Tampa Bay. A defensive back, Paul had seven interceptions during his NFL career. He played college ball at Syracuse.
The latest reports on Dak Prescott’s injury recovery seem overwhelmingly positive.
Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3 The Fan on Friday that he has received “amazing reports” on Prescott’s progress recovering from his ankle injury, and that the quarterback may even be ahead of schedule.
“Shouldn’t come as any surprise,” Jones said, via Jon Machota of The Athletic. “He does everything to the nines and the tens and he just does it the very best. He’s been so diligent in his rehab and that shouldn’t surprise anybody. They said if anything he’s ahead of schedule and rolling. That should come as no surprise. So we expect him to have a full recovery.
“We avoided any of the complications that come anytime you have a bone that breaks the skin. You worry about infection. He certainly avoided any of that.”
No amount of miracles will get Prescott back on the field in 2020. However, this would certainly bode well for a complete recovery. That’s why even Jerry Jones is saying things like this about potential new quarterbacks.