With the Super Bowl less than a week away, we’re obviously not very far off from the frenzy that is the NFL offseason. The quarterback position is always a big topic of conversation and that certainly won’t be any different this year. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott will obviously be one of many big-name signal-callers to watch as we wait to see if he and Jerry Jones can finally come to terms on an extension or if he plays a second season on the franchise tag.
The two sides have been trying to reach a deal for quite some time but just haven’t been able to come to an agreement. Things didn’t get any easier when Dak went down with that devastating ankle injury back in October, which has many people wondering if he’ll be the same player when he returns, which essentially translates to, “Why should the Dallas Cowboys sign Dak Prescott to a multi-year, big-money extension if they don’t know if he’ll be 100%?”
One person, however, that believes Dak will be ready to roll and still deserves that big contract is his brother, Tad, who sent a clear message to the Cowboys following the blockbuster trade over the weekend involving Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff, essentially telling them to get the deal done as his little bro is now the only quarterback from the 2016 NFL draft that hasn’t been traded, cut, or benched.
Dak Prescott has put up monster numbers in his first five seasons with the Dallas Cowboys
After breaking just about every passing record at Mississippi State, Dak Prescott was taken in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft with the 135th overall pick by the Dallas Cowboys.
Originally slated to be a backup to Tony Romo (and not even QB2 originally), Prescott played well in his first training camp and became the full-time starter when Romo went down with an injury in the Cowboys’ third preseason game. He promptly led Dallas to an NFC East title with a 13-3 record and won Offensive Rookie of the Year by completing 67.8% of his passes for 3,667 yards with 23 touchdowns against just four interceptions, also adding 282 yards and six scores on the ground.
Since then, Prescott has continued to put up big numbers and was on pace to shatter a number of NFL passing records in 2020 before suffering a gruesome ankle injury in Week 5 against the New York Giants, which knocked him out for the remainder of the season.
In the 69 starts he’s made for the Dallas Cowboys, Dak Prescott has compiled a 42-27 record and has completed 66% of his passes for 17,634 yards with 106 touchdowns against 40 interceptions, adding 1,314 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns.
He’s the only quarterback from the 2016 NFL draft that hasn’t been cut, traded, or benched
15 quarterbacks were taken in the 2016 NFL draft, obviously including Dak Prescott, who was the eighth QB taken that week. What’s crazy is that the Dallas Cowboys had no plans to take him as they were trying to trade up to select either Paxton Lynch or Connor Cook.
What’s even crazier is the fact that of the 15 quarterbacks taken in that draft, Dak Prescott is the only one left following the Jared Goff trade that hasn’t been traded, cut, or benched over the last five seasons.
- Jared Goff: 1st round, No. 1 overall, LA Rams — Traded to Detroit Lions
- Carson Wentz: 1st round, No. 2 overall, Philadelphia Eagles — Benched for Jalen Hurts
- Paxton Lynch: 1st round, No. 26 overall, Denver Broncos — Cut, has only appeared in five games and is currently a free agent
- Christian Hackenberg: 2nd round, No. 51 overall, New York Jets — Cut, never played an NFL game
- Jacoby Brissett: 3rd round, No. 91 overall, New England Patriots — Traded to Indianapolis Colts and then had his starting job taken away by Philip Rivers
- Cody Kessler: 3rd round, No. 93 overall, Cleveland Browns — Traded to Jacksonville Jaguars, 2-10 as an NFL starter and hasn’t played since 2018
- Connor Cook: 4th round, No. 100 overall, Oakland Raiders — Cut, played two games in 2016 and none since
- Dak Prescott: 4th round, No. 135 overall, Dallas Cowboys — Still the starter for the Cowboys
- Cardale Jones: 4th round, No. 139 overall, Buffalo Bills — Traded to LA Chargers, only appeared in one NFL game
- Kevin Hogan: 5th round, No. 162 overall, Kansas City Chiefs — Cut, appeared in eight games, the last in 2017
- Nate Sudfeld: 6th round, No. 187 overall, Washington Redskins — Cut, has appeared in four games with the Philadelphia Eagles
- Jake Rudock: 6th round, No. 191 overall, Detroit Lions — Cut, played three games in 2017 and none since
- Brandon Allen: 6th round, No. 201 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars — Cut, has appeared in eight games with the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals
- Jeff Driskel: 6th round, No. 207 overall, San Francisco 49ers — Cut, has appeared in 15 games with the Bengals, Lions, and Broncos
- Brandon Doughty: 7th round, No. 223 overall, Miami Dolphins — Cut, never played an NFL game
Dak Prescott’s brother, Tad, sends a message to the Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott’s older brother, Tad, has never been one to shy away from publicly supporting his successful sibling and also has no problem sharing what’s on his mind.
Over the weekend, when the news hit that Jared Goff had been traded to the Detroit Lions, essentially making Dak the last quarterback standing from the 2016 draft, Tad took to Twitter and sent a message to the Dallas Cowboys all but telling them to pony up and pay his little brother.
Again, there’s certainly a chance that Jerry Jones decides not to pay Dak Prescott but it’s not as if the two-time Pro Bowler won’t have options. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference