Much of the focus around the Dallas Cowboys this offseason remains on Dak Prescott‘s health. The star quarterback is working his way back from a gruesome ankle injury that prematurely ended his 2020 campaign. Prescott has now created some strong optimism after his telling comments regarding his recovery.
Dak Prescott finally lands lofty extension with the Cowboys
Before the Cowboys ventured into this offseason, Dak Prescott’s contract situation remained unresolved.
Dallas played the situation close to the vest that led to an agreement on a four-year, $160 million deal with the star quarterback. It marked the largest contract in team history, set NFL records with a $66 million signing bonus, and $126 million guaranteed. He will average $42 million pers season in the first three years of the contract.
Prescott finally received the deal he’s long wanted from the franchise that will keep under contract through the 2024 campaign. Since then, the focus has shifted entirely to his health regarding his recovery from his surgically repaired ankle.
The 27-year-old has now given the Cowboys and their fan base another reason for excitement with his latest remarks.
Dak Prescott’s two-word response fires up Cowboys fans
Prescott’s focus this entire offseason remains on his health as he works his way back from a surgically repaired ankle.
The Pro Bowler has made some considerable progress over the last few weeks, creating some optimistic sentiment. Prescott added to that uplifting notion on Tuesday as he stated that he’s close to being physically game-ready.
“I’m close,” Prescott said, via Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News. “I can go play in a game right now and be very, very successful. So there is no doubt when that I need to be successful, when I need to do the things that it takes to be on the field, I’ll do exactly that, and the timing will be right.”
The 27-year-old has progressed enough along in his recovery to spew unwavering confidence in his readiness for the 2021 season. His comments shouldn’t come as much of a surprise given that head coach Mike McCarthy stated last week that he is ahead of schedule in his rehab work.
Although all that may be the case, the Cowboys will proceed with cautioning, allowing Prescott to operate at his pace. There is still plenty of the offseason ahead, but it’s extremely encouraging for the Cowboys’ prospects in 2021.
Dallas eyeing strong 2021 season
After another disappointing campaign, the Cowboys have spent the offseason gearing up to break through in 2021.
Dallas moved methodically through the offseason, with much of the focus on improving their defense. The front office put together a strong draft class that many believe includes several promising players.
The Cowboys went defense-heavy, as their first six selections were on that side of the ball, addressing their need for an improved pass rush and stability in the secondary. Dallas struggled in those areas last year, ranking statistically in the lower portion of the league.
Beyond that, their success will lie on Prescott’s shoulders as he’s the linchpin to their offense. The Cowboys’ substantial financial commitment to him spews tremendous confidence in his ability to guide the franchise to more than just a playoff berth.
Dallas has the offensive talent to reach those lofty aspirations, but it will all come down to putting that together on the field.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.