The Dallas Cowboys are heading into another offseason where the focus lies directly on Dak Prescott’s contract situation. Many continue to intently discuss the matter that lingers over the franchise. As free agency nears closer, a former Cowboys great has issued a stern warning for Jerry Jones regarding Dak Prescott.
Dak Prescott’s contract situation lingers over Dallas
The previous two offseasons have seen the conversation in Dallas all but entirely shift toward Dak Prescott’s contract situation.
Prescott is again heading into the same scenario, searching for a long-term deal to remain with the Cowboys. The plan of action remains constant, as the team will likely place the franchise tag on him again.
Despite the lack of a lengthy contract, Prescott hasn’t wavered in his desire to be the franchise cornerstone under center. His stance is rooted in getting the most lucrative deal with the organization, which has become precisely where the discussions break off.
Jerry Jones and the Cowboys hesitated last offseason to pay him like an elite talent, leading to the situation remaining unresolved. The franchise is now in a critical position where things could quickly head sideways if a long-term deal isn’t worked out.
Dallas Cowboys legend issues a stern warning to Jerry Jones about Dak Prescott’s future
The Cowboys continue to have the cloud of Dak Prescott’s contract situation remain lingering overhead.
Over the last couple of years, many former players and coaches tied to the organization have weighed in on the discussion. Hall of Famer Drew Pearson is the latest to opine on the matter during a recent interview on the D.A. Show, where he voiced a stern warning to Jerry Jones and the Cowboys.
“Where do you go if you don’t sign Dak?” Pearson said. “If you let him go, especially if you let him play under the franchise tag this season and you don’t sign him anywhere along the line to a long-term contract, Dak ain’t gonna be here after that. The man has a lot of pride and he sees what’s going on. He wants to be quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys. It is a big deal.”
Pearson’s position is held by many others around the organization, including fellow former Cowboys greats Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin. Prescott may still have the strong desire to stay with the Cowboys for the long haul, but he will not hesitate to explore the opportunity to play elsewhere next offseason.
The Cowboys hold a crystal clear understanding of what Prescott wants. However, the true essence of the conversation lies with Jones and the front office’s comfort with the massive financial commitment.
Proof will be in the pudding
Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys have allowed this matter to remain unresolved.
Although Dak Prescott is coming off an injury-shortened 2020 campaign, his absence demonstrated his tremendous impact on the franchise. Prescott is quite aware of his value to the team and hopes to get paid as such this offseason.
The question now becomes whether Jones and the Cowboys feel the same way about their Pro Bowl quarterback. The organization spoke quite fondly of Prescott during the 2020 season, but it’s time for them to put their money where their mouth is.
The Cowboys will first designate a second straight franchise tag to extend the contract extension window. From that point, how the organization handles the discussion this time around will be a clear indicator of their belief in Prescott’s ability to lead the franchise to a Super Bowl.