It seems like the contract saga between quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys is just going to last forever. Cowboys fans have been waiting the past few offseasons for their team’s franchise quarterback to receive a long-term deal, but he still doesn’t have one. After what seems like an endless string of discouraging news regarding the situation, though, some encouraging news finally just came out about Prescott and the Cowboys.
Dak Prescott still doesn’t have a new contract from the Cowboys
Dak Prescott has proven his value to the Cowboys throughout his career so far. It still hasn’t gotten him his massive long-term deal yet, though.
Prescott played on the franchise tag in 2020, which paid him $31.4 million. If the Cowboys choose to place the tag on him again for 2021, it would be worth $37.7 million, according to CBS Sports. A tag for the 2022 season, though, would cost Dallas over $50 million.
Sports Illustrated reported that the Cowboys offered him a deal with an average salary per year of $30 million two years ago. Dallas then offered him $35 million APY last year. However, a recent report suggests that Prescott is looking to get paid close to what Patrick Mahomes makes.
Mahomes, who has won a league MVP award and has played in two consecutive Super Bowls, makes an average of $45 million per year with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Because of all this, Jeff Darlington of ESPN recently reported that “it does not sound as if any progress has been made in a long-term extension,” according to Bleacher Report.
Things could be turning around, though.
Cowboys fans just received encouraging news about the situation
The deadline for the Cowboys to place the franchise tag on Dak Prescott is March 9. While the two sides will probabaly not have a deal in place by then, things seem to be looking better and better.
“Encouraging Dak Prescott news. I’m told he’s been at the facility nearly every day rehabbing. So must not be that contentious folks,” NFL Network’s Jane Slater reported. “Secondly, (Cowboys COO) Stephen Jones and (Prescott’s agent) Todd France have been talking and they are ‘good talks’ still nothing meaningful here but ‘better than they’ve been.’”
No, this isn’t the exact news that Cowboys fans want to receive. They would like to hear that Dak Prescott finally has a new contract. But with reports seeming to always point toward there being some tension between the two sides, this is the most encouraging news Cowboys fans have maybe received in years.
Additionally, it doesn’t appear that it will be the end of the world if the Cowboys place the franchise tag on Prescott again this month.
“I think he gets tagged and they still have a few months to get a deal done and Dak has time to decide whether he wants to sign it which he can wait til well into the summer for that,” Slater reported.
Whether he signs a deal in March, June, or in 2022, Dak Prescott has ultimately proven that he deserves a big contract from the Cowboys.
Dak Prescott has proven that he deserves a new contract
Despite getting selected in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft, Prescott has proven that he is worth a lot more than that fourth-round selection.
After earning a Pro Bowl selection and leading the Cowboys to a 13-3 record and a playoff berth in his rookie season — which helped him win the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award — Prescott earned another Pro Bowl selection in 2018. He and the Cowboys also went back to the playoffs that year, and they even won a playoff game.
However, Prescott’s best season statistically came in 2019. He threw for a career-high 4,902 yards to go with 30 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions. He was then on fire to start the 2020 season. Prescott threw for 1,856 yards and nine touchdowns through four games and part of another. He, however, suffered an injury in Week 5 and missed the rest of the season, which led to the Cowboys going 6-10.
Dak Prescott has proven his value to the Cowboys. Maybe, Cowboys fans will soon finally get what they have been waiting years for — a long-term deal for their franchise quarterback.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference