What in the world did Dak Prescott do to be offered a contract that’s worth roughly $35 million annually and $100 million guaranteed? And it still might not be enough to satisfy the Dallas Cowboys quarterback. In four seasons, Prescott has won nothing. Last year, he took his team to an 8-8 record. If he’s looking for anything even close to Patrick Mahomes’ money, he’s even more delusional than he appears.
Dak Prescott’s football career
After playing his college football at Mississippi State, Dak Prescott was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft. Prescott made an immediate impact by replacing fan-favorite Tony Romo during his rookie season. In his first year in the NFL, Prescott has his best season.
Prescott guided the Cowboys to the top seed in the NFC with a 13-3 record but lost to the Green Bay Packers 34-31 in the playoffs. He made the Pro Bowl that season by throwing for 3,667 yards and 23 touchdowns. the following year, the Cowboys went 9-7 and Prescott threw a career-high 13 interceptions. He bounced back with another Pro Bowl season in 2018 when the Cowboys went 10-6 and won a Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks – his lone playoff win in four seasons.
Last season, the Cowboys had their worst season under Prescott. The team went 8-8 and failed to reach the postseason. He attempted nearly 600 passes (a career-high 596) and threw for a career-high 4,902 yards and 30 touchdowns. In a 34-24 loss to the Packers, his team was down 31-3 in the third quarter and threw interceptions on two of his team’s first three possessions. For his career, he has played in every game and compiled a 40-24 record with one playoff win.
Patrick Mahomes’ huge deal
Patrick Mahomes came into the league one year after Dak Prescott and was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 10th overall pick in 2017. Unlike Prescott, Mahomes eased his way into becoming the team’s starter as he spent his first season backing up veteran Alex Smith. Mahomes became the Chiefs’ starter in 2018.
In his first season as an NFL starter, Mahomes was dominant. He led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship where they fell to the New England Patriots 37-31. During the regular season, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards and 50 touchdowns. He was also named the league’s MVP. The following season, he missed two games with a knee injury and still threw for better than 4,000 yards (4,031) and tossed 26 touchdowns. He led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl victory and was named the MVP of the Super Bowl.
Mahomes recently signed a record-setting contract extension. His extension is for 10 years and is worth $450 million. Certain incentives could bring Mahomes’ total deal up to $503 million.
Prescott and Mahomes aren’t even comparable
Dak Prescott has been in talks with the Dallas Cowboys on an extension for what seems to be forever. According to Bleacher Report, Prescott must sign a deal by Wednesday or play under the franchise tag. the Cowboys have reportedly offered Prescott a deal worth between $33-$35 million annually with more than $100 million guaranteed.
If Prescott accepted the deal, $35 million a year would make him second only to Mahomes in player salary. It’s extremely difficult to find a story about Prescott’s contract situation without seeing Mahomes’ name mentioned. That shouldn’t be the case. Mahomes and Prescott aren’t on the same planet and the Cowboys would be foolish to increase their reported offer.
Prescott has been a better-than-average quarterback in the NFL. He’s been extremely good for a fourth-round pick. He is not even close to being the second best quarterback in the league.