The Dallas Cowboys continue to be among the most talked-about teams in the NFL with Dak Prescott under center. Prescott has become one of the franchise faces over the last few seasons that has helped provide much-needed stability in Dallas. Although he could not secure a long-term extension this offseason, he made a massive promise to teammate Ezekiel Elliott.
Cowboys’ success with Dak Prescott
Through their first four years in the league together, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott have put forth respectable starts to their careers.
They are key factors in guiding the franchise to a pair of NFC East division titles and playoff appearances. The Cowboys haven’t broken through toward Super Bowl contention, but the team has found two core pieces to their offense.
Prescott has become legitimate starting quarterback while he’s coming off the statistically best campaign of his career. He posted career highs finishing second with 4,902 yards, fourth with 30 passing touchdowns, and fourth with a 70.2 quarterback rating
Meanwhile, Elliott has cemented his status as one of the game’s best running backs behind his dual-threat ability. The Pro Bowler has racked up 5,405 rushing yards in his first four campaigns, which no other running back is even within 1,000 yards of that. That includes him rushing for more than 1,000 rushing yards three times and leading the league in rushing twice.
He’s arguably the focal point of their offense that has become one of the league’s highest-scoring units. With that in mind, Prescott has vocalized high aspirations toward his teammate.
Dak Prescott’s promise to Ezekiel Elliott
Much of the attention this offseason centered on Dak Prescott’s long-term future with the franchise. The Cowboys were unable to secure an extension with him, but that hasn’t hindered his focus in reaching tremendous heights in Dallas.
Prescott made that clear to Ezekiel Elliott tweeting to his teammate “our best ball is yet to come.” There remains uncertainty around his next contract, but it’s evident he sees the franchise as his long-term home.
That places significant importance on the 2020 season as that will dictate what contract Prescott gets from Dallas. Elliott is a tremendous talent, but it has been proven that strong play under center makes the ultimate difference toward a team vying for a Super Bowl.
Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, and Patrick Mahomes have each guided their teams to a Super Bowl win in the last decade. It has become a rarity to see a team vie for a Super Bowl without a legitimate factor under center. Prescott must become the guiding light to garner the contract he desires and push the Cowboys to a title.
Will it come to fruition in Dallas?
That is an open-ended question as the Cowboys hold the cards to keep Dak Prescott for years to come.
Ezekiel Elliott is under contract for the next sevens seasons as his six-year, $90 million deal doesn’t kick in until 2021. Dallas has the talent to become a Super Bowl-contending team this season and potentially beyond. They have added to their offense with rookie Ceedee Lamb while retaining both Prescott and star wide receiver Amari Cooper.
The Cowboys may have lost Travis Frederick to retirement this offseason, but they still boast a talented offensive line. Dallas can run the NFC East table in 2020, with the Philadelphia Eagles being their only real challenge. Ultimately, their offense under new head coach Mike McCarthy to finally break through with Prescott and Elliott leading the charge.