With quarterback Dak Prescott still not signed to a long-term contract, many people have placed blame on the Dallas Cowboys as to why the two sides have not come to an agreement yet. However, is it potentially Prescott’s fault? Well, if a recent report is correct, Dak Prescott may actually be the problem. This is because he is potentially asking for a ridiculous amount of money from the Cowboys.
Dak Prescott and the Cowboys still haven’t agreed to a new contract
Dak Prescott has proven that he is extremely valuable to the Cowboys. He threw for 4,902 yards and 30 touchdown passes in 2019. He was then off to an excellent start in 2020 before getting hurt in Week 5 and missing the rest of the season.
The Cowboys seem to know that they need Prescott, as he played on the franchise tag with the team in 2020. Additionally, if the team still can’t come to an agreement with Prescott this offseason, it appears that he could play on the franchise tag again in 2021.
ESPN’s Jeff Darlington recently reported on Get Up that the Cowboys will “probably” place the franchise tag on Prescott again if they can’t agree to a deal by the franchise tag deadline, according to Bleacher Report.
“Very important to point out here, though, speaking with people on both sides of this thing, it does not sound as if any progress has been made in a long-term extension for Dak Prescott,” Darlington said, per Bleacher Report.
Dallas would have to pay Prescott about $37.7 million in 2021 on the franchise tag, according to CBS Sports. This is most likely the last year he can play on the tag, too. The 2022 cost for the franchise tag would be over $50 million for Dallas. If the Cowboys don’t place the franchise tag on Prescott for the 2022 season, and if the two sides can’t come to terms on an agreement by then, he would then become a free agent.
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys have been criticized for not yet locking down Prescott. However, is Prescott actually at fault here?
Dak Prescott is reportedly asking for Patrick Mahomes-type money
According to Sports Illustrated, two years ago, the Dallas Cowboys reportedly offered Dak Prescott a contract with an average salary per year of $30 million. They then offered him a $35 million APY last year. Prescott ultimately made $31.4 million on the franchise tag in 2020 and could make $37.7 million on it in 2021.
Cowboys COO Stephen Jones also reportedly told Sports Illustrated that the $30 million APY represented “top-five QB money.”
However, Prescott potentially wants top-two QB money.
NFL Network’s Jane Slater recently reported on the Dan Patrick Show that Prescott is “looking to be paid right behind Patrick Mahomes, a guy who’s gone to the Super Bowl two years in a row,” per Sports Illustrated.
Does Prescott really deserve that kind of money?
He doesn’t deserve Patrick Mahomes money
Dak Prescott has been incredible for the Cowboys. He has led them to the playoffs twice, and he nearly threw for 5,000 yards in 2019. Prescott was also on pace to shatter that mark in 2020 before getting hurt.
However, while he certainly deserves to get paid a ton of money, he doesn’t deserve to get paid money comparable to Patrick Mahomes. So far, in three years as a starter, Mahomes has played in three AFC Championship Games and two Super Bowls. He also won a Super Bowl and won the Super Bowl MVP award during the 2019 season. Mahomes additionally won league MVP in 2018.
Prescott has not even made it past the divisional round in the playoffs, and, while his stats the past two years have been incredible, he has only earned two Pro Bowl selections in his career. That’s not even in the same league as Mahomes and his accomplishments.
Additionally, averaging more than $35 million per year would be a higher average salary than Russell Willson (two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl title) and Aaron Rodgers (one Super Bowl title and three NFL MVP awards), per Spotrac.
So, again, yes, Dak Prescott deserves a massive contract from the Cowboys. However, if he wants money comparable to what a two-time Super Bowl QB makes, maybe the Cowboys aren’t totally at fault in this situation.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference