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Dak Prescott Likely Won’t Play for Bill Belichick in 2021, Suggests a Prominent NFL Reporter

The time is quickly approaching where veteran quarterback Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will need to address the 500-pound elephant in the room.

Prescott has had a successful five-year run with the Cowboys, even if the team is still eagerly awaiting a return to the Super Bowl. However, a severe ankle injury derailed Prescott’s 2020 season after only five games.

Prescott is scheduled to hit free agency next spring. One prominent NFL reporter recently pondered if Prescott would be a good fit for Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots — if both sides can make it work financially, at least.

Dak Prescott has had a successful run in Dallas

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Dak Prescott went from a fourth-round pick to one of the NFL’s most underrated quarterbacks in seemingly no time at all.

In his first four seasons, Prescott completed 65.8% of his passes for 15,778 yards, 97 touchdowns, and 36 interceptions in 64 games. Prescott won 40 of those games and led the Cowboys to two playoff berths.

A capable rusher, Prescott scored 21 rushing touchdowns on 5.1 yards per carry in those 64 games.

Prescott shredded defenses to open the 2020 season, passing for 1,856 yards in his first five games. He was on pace to throw for over 5,900 yards across a full season, which would have been an NFL record.

Prescott also ran for three touchdowns and caught an 11-yard touchdown pass. The veteran quarterback suffered a severe right ankle injury in Week 5 and is currently on injured reserve.

Dak Prescott will be a free agent next spring

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Dak Prescott gambled on himself, and the risk appeared that it would pay off.

Prescott played this season on the franchise tag, and he is on pace to hit free agency in March. Dallas can sign Prescott to a new contract next offseason if they chose to go that route.

Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones has said on multiple occasions that he expects Prescott to remain in Dallas. Prescott, the 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, turns 28 next July.

Could Prescott play for the New England Patriots?

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If Dak Prescott hits free agency, he will likely be the most sought after player on the open market.

Dallas makes the most sense for Prescott, especially coming off of the injury. Whether or not Prescott makes the most sense for the Cowboys, however, is another conversation.

However, if Prescott did opt to leave Dallas, he could earn an excellent opportunity in the northeast. In a recent appearance on PFT Live, Peter King discussed the New England Patriots possibly pursuing Prescott.

NESN.com transcribed King’s full comments, including where he said that Prescott may not be a financial match for the Patriots.

“I mean, I’m sure Bill Belichick would love to have Dak Prescott. But I don’t think Bill Belichick — in a year when the cap is going for $198 (million) to $175 (million) — I don’t think he would want Dak Prescott at $38 (million) or $40 million a year on average. It’s just not a good play when you’re trying to rebuild your team long term, in my opinion.”

New England has rarely given out massive contracts during the Bill Belichick era, even as the salary cap and league revenue has grown each year.

Belichick isn’t getting any younger, and he may decide to change some of what has worked. If he does adopt that strategy, the idea of Prescott dominating the New York Jets in a Patriots uniform suddenly doesn’t sound so far-fetched.

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