Over the last few months, the Kansas City Chiefs have had the expectation of Patrick Mahomes garnering a record-breaking contract with the franchise. The Chiefs have managed the situation properly with the extension talks just getting underway this week. However, the same cannot be said of the extension talks that the Dallas Cowboys have had with Dak Prescott that have continued to linger on since offseason. With that in mind, Mahomes‘ contract situation shouldn’t wind up anywhere near how Prescott’s has become.
Dak Prescott’s contract situation
There hasn’t been any shortage of storylines around the Cowboys regarding Dak Prescott‘s contract situation.
The two sides remain in a holding pattern as the team had to go the route of placing the franchise tag on Prescott before the start of free agency. Since then, the 26-year-old has made it clear that he wants a lucrative extension this offseason as he has yet to ink the franchise tender, and he elected not to participate in the voluntary virtual team workouts.
There have been various reports that suggest that Prescott is looking to garner a four-year contract while the Cowboys desire a five-year deal. On top of that, the Pro Bowler has a strong desire to be potentially paid as the highest-paid quarterback in the league.
It has been a situation with many stumbling blocks along the way with no clarity if the two sides agree to a deal before the July 15 deadline. With that in mind, there are many different factors at play in this matter that won’t come into play with the Chiefs’ contract talks with their star quarterback.
Patrick Mahomes’ contract talks will move smoothly
The Chiefs have long known that these contract extension talks were coming with Mahomes, which only ramped up a notch after he guided the franchise to their first Super Bowl win in 50 years.
The expectation is that the reigning Super Bowl MVP will garner a deal that will easily surpass $200 million. The Chiefs haven’t pigeon footed around that potential price, but instead kept mum when the two sides will start negotiating for the deal.
There is a significant difference on that front in comparison to Prescott’s situation as the Chiefs knows that Mahomes deserve that type of record-breaking deal. He has quickly become not only one of the best players in the league but also the guiding force of the franchise. The proof has been in the pudding over his first two years as the starter with back-to-back AFC Championship appearances along with being the youngest to win a regular-season MVP and Super Bowl MVP.
It all falls to how much that Mahomes will command on his next deal as he has voiced that he wants a contract that is a bit more team-friendly than expected. In other words, it’s only a matter of when not if with his situation with the Chiefs as the Cowboys still have several hurdles to move through first.
Patrick Mahomes commands his future with Chiefs
That is not a shot at Prescott, but he doesn’t have the resume that Mahomes has put together in his first three years in the league.
It isn’t to say that the 26-year-old can’t guide the Cowboys to a Super Bowl, but more so that his peer has put himself in the prime position to comfortable command the contract talks. Mahomes will be a member of the Chiefs for over the next decade, while there isn’t nearly that same level of certainty from Dallas.
At some point this summer, Mahomes will have a new record-breaking deal in place, and that may not be the case for Prescott.